Bir Şeyler Eksik: ”B’r Şeyler Eks’k”
A.K. Müzik (2019)
Producers: Çağıl Kaya, Tamer Temel, Volkan Öktem, Alper Yılmaz, Serhan Erkol
Vocal and saxophone recordings: Barış Diri
Bass recordings: Alper Yılmaz Studio
Drum recordings: Volkan Öktem Studio
Mix: Emre Malikler
Mastering: Selim Sayari
Çağıl Kaya (vo)
Tamer Temel (ts)
Serhan Erkol (as)
Volkan Öktem (d)
Alper Yılmaz (b)
1. El Değmez
2. Savaş Tanrısı
3. İyi Değilim İyi Olamam
4. Kafada Deli Sorular
5. Pis 7’li
7. Bi’ Bu Eksik
I wrote that Tamer Temel gave all the lowers a solid slap with his “Serbest Düşüş” album two years ago at the time of its release and that “I like this slap the most among all I had to take in my life”. Two years have passes since “Serbest Düşüş”; hundreds of albums that entered my life since then, numerous pieces waiting to be written about, articles, all the excitement, aims and goals waiting to be introduced to our readers in the name of jazz… Hearing new and fresh things, those few seconds when I stand frozen with goosebumps after listening to something new on a good sound system… I realized it has been such a long time since I have left such feelings after listening to the namesake album of ”Bir Şeyler Eksik” and felt that I have been craving a similar pain as the slap of Serbest Düşüş’ once again.
“Bir Şeyler Eksik” is a new band… It also is a new album, new music, a new path for music lovers to follow, alleyways to get lost in… This new album of Bir Şeyler Eksik, a formation that is made up of talented and esteemed musicians who shape jazz in this country, will provoke the need to start on a journey that will help you get rid of all the stress, worry, anxiety and anger you have bottled up for years for different reasons.
From the life philosophy in “Kalk” similar to The Beatles’s “A Day In the Life”, to the closed doors in “Sessizlik”, the ambition in “Bi Bu Eksik”, the thoughts, emotions, judgement and passion these pieces will bring about… Çağıl Kaya’s Bob Dylan-esque poetic passion in ”Bir Şeyler Eksik” meets Tamer, Volkan, Serhan and Alper’s unity and is presented to the listeners in such a way.
Let me remind you something before you listen to “Bir Şeyler Eksik”. We are writing here for Jazz Dergisi but “it isn’t jazz” that you will hear from the first track on. I don’t think it is rap either, as Çağıl Kaya explained in some of the interviews she has given about the album. The music played in “Bir Şeyler Eksik”, from the first second I have felt in my blood, is the only real philosophy, a kind of “social music” as Miles Davis, immortalized by Don Cheadle in the movie “Miles Ahead” in 2016, explains to the audience about the meaning of jazz…
“Bir Şeyler Eksik” is the result of teamwork, but we open our hearts wide open for Çağıl’s lyrics. She softly tells stories. Çağıl tries to express things that we could only understand after entering a time tunnel and after “maturing” a bit , presenting us with the future on a silver platter, in screams at the climax of her excitement. She is accompanied by an “allstar” band as she does, just like I mentioned above!
Starting with “El Değmez”, “Bir Şeyler Eksik” stands tall almost as a manifesto, ready to be the talk of town “in a music world that changes constantly and in which exemplary music is overpowered by horrible alternatives like soap foam”. Listen to the album. Take your time, listen to it a couple of times. Çağıl, Tamer, Volkan, Serhan and Alper do not promise us a garden of roses, of course, but they toil to highlight what you have lost and found, could find, what you can embrce and what you can let go off. it is up to us to grasp there and internalize them by listening over and over again and to shape our lives accordingly in a meaningful way.