Ekin Fil – You, Only CS (VAK13)
‘You, Only’ is a beguiling insight into the world of Turkish musician Ekin Üzeltüzenci and it presents her debut release on Vaknar.
The album features a series of musical tapestries which prominently include live instrumentation in tandem with Ekin’s own voice, all of which has been fed through a series of tape delays, giving the final outcome a brittle and reflective tone.
On the new dual cassette release You, Only, both piano and voice emerge with more clarity only to crawl deeper into the soft gauze of the noise floor. On “Other Others” they are joined by the vibrato of vintage organ, and on “You, Only”, they are overtaken by a collage of field recordings and glistering synth whorls. The two long tracks of the second tape (“Scar” and “Incident Light”) reveal Üzeltüzenci slipping deeper into a more esoteric and piecemeal compositional style. Her simple, textured melodies give way to abstract forms forms that stretch and refract against a horizon line of eerie silence. Ekin Fil’s penchant for burying sounds in drones reverb and self-effacing static make these gasps of open space all the more striking. These are moments of perforation and permeability – places where the thin line between nothing and something has worn away completely
-Emily Pothast for The Wire
Ekin Üzeltüzenci, aka Ekin Fil, is a lo-fi folk, ambient and electronica artist, hailing from Istanbul, Turkey. Upon arrival in You, Only, the listener is greeted by an adorable piano followed by jolly sweet, yet haunting female voice. Melancholic in every sense, personal, romantic, a homage to lo-fi simplicity, folkish in mentality and approach, moody, emotional and fragile. Minimal, shoegaze studies in introverted beauty. Cinematic and iconoclastic. Flowing images deep and sincere.
Silence expressed with sound, silence with tiny sound sequences, occasionally cut by razor-sharp instrumental climaxes; a few second bursts, then a return to that wonderful, mild, sonic silence. Like waves disturbed by throwing a stone into water, fading circles with occurring colors, mostly blurred and everything covered with an ethereal web, transparent, made out of the finest fabric.
You, Only is a serene ambient album of extraordinary beauty, covered entirely with the veil of emotion. Six slow-paced compositions clocking to 44 minutes, that evolve and dissolve, in an abstract but structured landscape.
Instant love, devoted electronic love and much more.
-Karl Grümpe for Toneshift