Honey Babe is a bare bones orchestration, the sound of a heartbeat worn on a sleeve, an awkward dancer growing more confident by the dance progression as he addresses his “honey babe”. The track was recorded originally at the now-defunct Studio Bee in Kadıköy and was mixed by the exquisite hands of Kamyar Keramati. This subtle and soulful drop-of-song from Mckay/Karaman will have even the most stoic whistling along. Meanwhile the flip side It’s Gone To Stay is a cover (go ahead try to find the original) of The Madgicians, originally produced by Tony Visconti. From the opening kick, the keyboard lines pull us through halls of jangly pop where artifacts are “madgical”. Halls haunted by cynics and loose interpretations of the original song. Side B was recorded at the famous Erikli Tunç studio, also in Kadıköy, and was shaped by the hands and ears of Baran Göksu (The Midnight Walkers).
Honey Babe recorded at Studio Bee mixed by Kamyar Keramati
It's Gone To Stay Recorded at Erekli-Tunç Studios Produced by Mete Avunduk
The debut coup of Istanbul’s The Young Shaven comes at you like the glimmered interior of a convivial night bus. A rock and roll bacchanal, the e.p. titled “…and Venus was the name”, takes it’s title from the studio, Venus, where it coalesced in one evening of riotous revelry before drummer Xavi moved to Vietnam. Made in haste (not waste), the 3 songs inside offer a quick slice off the band's bold dynamics. The first track “A.M. Darling Sun” is a blistering pop tune, with lyrics lifted from the streets of Istanbul, San Francisco, and a back-pocket novel. The second track “Beat Happening” is a charming allegro chime underneath a canopy of harmonica melody. Finally, “No Drag On”, the reverb friendly crescendo pushes the bus window from the frame, and leaves us once again with the night air.
mixed by Mustafa C. Aydınat Venus Studios Istanbul, Turkey mastered by Patrick Haight at Spot-On Sound Palm Springs, Ca http://www.spotonsound.com/ all rights to Personal Space Records https://www.facebook.com/personalspacerecords
Lead track Perv puts the to-do list to one side and takes some time out in Kadikoy, weaving snippets of street life into a horny internal monologue that tickles the head, heart and loins. The lyrical joie de vivre, set against guitars that chime like tea glasses, reminds us that Istanbul is still a city of love. On the flip side, the Mersey-beat lullaby Nitecap skips out of the speakers like an echo of John Lennon's lost weekend, inviting us under the duvet for a snooze in the buff. The beautiful photograph on the front belongs to Grégory Dziedzic who specializes in visually harnessing the band's energy.
recorded at Studio Bee mixed by Kamyar Keramati mastered by Patrick Haight at Spot-On Sound Palm Springs, Ca http://www.spotonsound.com/ all rights to Personal Space Records https://www.facebook.com/personalspacerecords