Tomorrow will see the release of Simurg, the heavenly collaborative album from Belgian pyschedelic jazz collective Compro Oro and Murat Ertel, frontman and co-founder of Turkish cult psychedelic folk band BaBa ZuLa, and his singer partner Esma Ertel. The follow-up to last year’s widely acclaimed Suburban Exotica, Simurg grew out of a live performance between guitarist Bart Vervaeck and Murat Ertel at Istanbul Express in 2016. The process continued in the studio as an intense recording session that would yield the upcoming record. “The new music is entirely based on improvisation”, frontman Wim Segers explained. “In contrast to ‘Suburban Exotica’, which is built more from song structures and where there was more overdubs.”
Simurg conjures up everything from dub and psychedelia to jazz, funk and Anatolian folk music. The project is describes as “a spontaneous dialogue, a quest for new musical horizons, a gathering of liberal spirits to reach for the unknown.”
For a staggering and immersive taste of the album ahead of tomorrow’s release, take a listen to ‘Ignorance Is Bliss (Valley Of Ignorance)’.
Simurg is out on June 19th though Sdban Ultra