Ever wondered what sound you would get if formed a super-group of Future Islands, Depeche Mode and OMD? Then, just to mix it up a bit, got a Turkish vocalist to provide the words? Then maybe Turkish synth duo Jakuzi‘s debut single ‘Koca Bir Saçmalık’ will answer the question.
Jakuzi are an Istanbul-based Turkish-language synth-pop band formed around the core-duo of Kutay Soyocak on vocals and Taner Yücel on bass and synths. With a woozy, lo-fi sound: that harks back to the early works of the first synth-pop bands influenced by Kraftwerk in Britain of the early 1980s (OMD, Human League, Joy Division et al,) its dappled in wistfully warm modular synths and underscored by a drum machine beat and throbbing baseline that reminds one of prime Future Islands or Peter Hook. It’s all topped by Soyocak’s dejected Turkish language vocal deals with the themes of sacrifice and anger, a quick google translate reveals these existential themes feed into the atmosphere of defeat, regret and despair (“But you can go, too/ You couldn’t make me feel any more worthless”), it’s an imperious slice of synth pop from the depths of the Bosporus. Watch the VHS inspired video above; it’s already a hit in their homeland.
Jakuzi will be releasing their debut album Fantezi Müzik via City Slang on 24th March 2017.