Gaye Su Akyol – Istikrarh Hayal Hakikattir

Album Review | Glitterbeat | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

After establishing herself as one of Turkey’s most promising young performers with her last album Hologram Imparatorlugu in 2016, Gaye Su Akyol has in no way rested on her laurels, returning with an astonishingly well produced follow up. The ten tracks that make up Istikrarh Hayal Hakikattir confirms the Istanbul-born singer, songwriter, producer and ‘audio/visual conceptualist’ is no flash in the pan. Translated as ‘Consistent Fantasy is Reality’, the album’s mission statement is that of ‘pure freedom’ and an escape from the chaos of an increasingly conservative country on the border of the Middle East, Europe and Russia. Though contemporary in its instrumentation, in its lyrical content and in its attitude, the melodies are very much in keeping with the traditional styles and classical scales of her native Turkey. With these familiar motifs, the escapism alluded to in its title is an alluring concept; Gaye Su Akyol is indeed living the dream, living the fantasy, and it’s all very real. Blending these ancient Turkish musical signatures with a sort of sneering Dick Dale Pulp Fiction guitar solo on such as Laziko works tremendously well, as does the synth pop peppering on the title track.