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Berke Can Özcan – Mountains Are Mountains LP
Cat-#: BD004 | Formats: Vinyl & Digital | Release date: August 6th 2016
Total runtime: 36:20 | Tracks: 8 | Genre: Electroacoustic, Avant-Pop, Experimental
The vinyl release of the debut album by “Big Beats Big Times“, a group around KonstruKt’s and Mari- ka’s drummer Berke Can Özcan, that features an exorbitant list of drummers: Kenny Wollesen (John Zorn), Erland Dahlen (Nils Petter-Molvaær), Steve Nistor (Brian Blade’s Mama Rosa Band), Blair Sinta (Alanis Morrissette), Jack Irons (Pearl Jam/Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Craig Santiago (New Zion Trio), Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Armenian Navy Band) and many more. A record composed by drummers – enjoyable for everyone. “The Full Moon Theory” was originally released on “Who Are We Who We Are” as digital version in 2015.
“Big Beats Big Times” is the ever-evolving project around the Istanbul based drummer Berke Can Özcan (123, Marika), derived from his wish to collaborate more with colleagues in his field. Özcan asked other drummers who have accompanied and inspired him during his career to record drum-tracks, which should serve as a basis for a very unusual and poignant album.
“Full Moon Theory” is the result of a three-year process that tells the meticulous work invested by Özcan and his co-producer Burak Irmak: The atmospheric density of their work spans eight complex arrangements, oscillating between hypnotic Dub, well-tempered Trip-Hop and gloomy Electronica. An album, whose generously measured half-life period requires multiple listening sessions to be able to conceive its whole emotional spectrum: Idyllic soundscapes and endearing melody grids, followed by poetical moments that master the balancing act between kitsch and epic with an ease that can only be receipted with goosebumps. “Full Moon Theory” is the carefully directed coquetry between stadium and warehouse, between floodlight and candlelight, between courageous gestures and tender romance.
The compositional brilliance and musical quality of “Full Moon Theory” is as exorbitant as the list of featured drummers and guest musicians: Kenny Wollesen (John Zorn), Erland Dahlen (Nils Petter-Molvaær), Steve Nistor (Brian Blade’s Mama Rosa Band), Blair Sinta (Alanis Morrissette), Jack Irons (Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Craig Santiago (New Zion Trio), Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Armenian Navy Band) and many more.
The albums’ name is derived from the fact that Özcan and Irmak often worked on it during full moon nights. “Full Moon Theory” was originally released in 2015 on Berke Can Özcans imprint “Who Are We Who We Are” and will be distributed on vinyl by the Berlin label “bohemian drips” from August 6th 2016.
A1: You Don’t See Me (feat. Blair Sinta & Gunnar Halle) (4:16)
A2: Not Mine (feat. Jack Irons & Lara Di Lara) (4:34)
A3: Black Dub (feat. Craig Santiago) (7:12)
A4: So Quiet (feat. Kenny Wollesen) (3:16)
B1: Buddha At Nightfall (feat. Steve Nistor) (3:19)
B2: Low Tide and High Tide (feat. Arto Tunçboyacıyan) (5:15)
B3: Writer’s Block (feat. John J. Holden) (5:00)
B4: The Man With The Bell (feat. Erland Dahlen) (5:11)
Composed by Berke Can Özcan & Burak Irmak
Lyrics on “Not Mine“ by Berke Can Özcan
Berke Can Özcan: drums, percussion, synths & piano
Burak Irmak: synths, piano, organ, vibraphone & clarinet
Trumpet on “You Don‘t See Me“ by Gunnar Halle
Vocals on “Not Mine“ by Lara Di Lara
Trumpet samples on „Black Dub“ by Arve Henriksen; vocals by Kenny Wollesen
Vibraphone & bells on “Buddha At Nightfall“ by Tunç Çakır
Bass and electric guitar on “Maya“ by Feryin Kaya
Conga samples on “Writer‘s Block“ by Jack De Johnette; piano samples by Michael Cain; vocals by Don Alias
Produced by Berke Can Özcan
Co-produced and mixed by Deniz Cuylan
Mastering by Nathan James, Vault Mastering Studios
Cover photo taken from the NASA “Apollo Archive“
© by bohemian drips & Who Are We Who We Are 2015-2016 – all rights reserved
Originally released by “Who Are We Who We Are”, 2015