1.demo Hayvanlar Alemi : Bir (2004)***
In this release the group shows the attitude of a free Krautrock group. They are an instrumental improvisation group with simple but effective moody instrumentals of electric bass repetitions and evolutions, drums and hand percussion, partly Turkish, electric guitar or saz ? and keyboards. Especially on the last and longest track these keyboards give it a certain spacey effect. Interesting and enjoyable.
Remark of group on review : "Just to make you know, there are no keyboards on both discs, and hardly any bass guitar on the first one (only on the tracks 8 and 9) Everything that sounds like keyboards are made with an electric guitar and an electrified violin. There are no saz on it as well, but a bouzuki (on the tracks 2 and 6) and there are also some non-instrumental sounds (on 1 and 4)."
2.demoHayvanlar Alemi : Bekçi (2005)**°
On this newer 3-track demo the group takes calmer and longer improvisations which also include some radio vocals and voice recordings as experimental effect.
3.demo Hayvanlar Alemi : Bir / Bekçi / Akvaryumda Sabah (2004-2005)***°
On their latest version of a presentation demo they combined "Bir" and "Bekçi" into one release with one extra track from 2004. This was a very good idea, because then you get much more of an impression that this final version became a collection of recording sessions. After having listened a few times again to "Bir", this still sounds to me like a Krautrock improvisation, rhythmically driven, with a slightly stoned feeling, and with basically handpercussion, electric guitar and electric bass, so it seems (see remarks up). A very moody and successful session. "Bekci" is a bit more experimental, with on "Park" slightly Russian voices speaking, while the band improvises on top of it, in a rather psychedelic and also moody way. The titletrack has spoken word as fundament, also with the impression this comes from a radio, and with another smooth improvisation on top of this, with slices of Turkish singing coming true. Last track is completely built on radio fragments of mostly talks including radio wave distortion, and strangely enough, sounds like deliberate experimental music. The last piece, another improvisation, on guitars and drums from 2004, concludes the collection perfectly.
4.Seyhan Müzik/003 Rec. Hayvanlar Alemi : Gaga the world of animals -Beak (rec.2006,pub.2007)****
The group has now released an official and professionally recorded album, which sounds like one take of hung together improvisations of 10 more or less equal in time sections. The group’s kind of improvisation, I guess must have had some preparations of ideas, so in that way it does not sound so linear as most psychedelic music, and has some vague flavours of the old Krautrock improvisations, which were very structured. The music is always moody, slightly slow in rhythm, eating itself away into space, uses a bit of spoken word/song like another instrument, uses layers of guitars, uses a bit of feedback or surf like effects here and there, and is always well balanced. At times there are hints in style close to the instrumental Replikas (one of the other great new Turkish bands).
As a hidden bonus we hear a track of over 10 minutes using some exotic television or radio fragments, Hawaiian and easy listening exotic instrumentals, birds and sea mixed with the group’s improvisations.
A rewarding album, which should interest foreign psychedelic music lovers.
Hayvanlar Alemi are Hazar Mutgan, bass ; Isik Sarihan, drum set, bell, shaker, sampling ; Özüm Itez, guitar, bendir, kalimba, hashish ; and Gökçe Basar, guitar, door ; with guest Mehmet Öd, vocals and Hazar Mutgan, suppositional violin on track 8.
5.demo Hayvanlar Alemi : Summer Hits 2007 -ep- (rec.2000 & 2007)***
This 3-track album was recorded last summer, as a quartet (-the band now is performing and recording as a duo, but it doesn’t mean this was the last appearance as a quartet-). The first track, “Biz Bir Aileyiz” is a rendition of a Malaysian pop tune, although it sounds very Anatolian/Turkish rock to me, with a few small elements of dub added as well. The track “Yerçekimsiz Ortam” dates back to 2000, and is a re-adapted new version of the mystery track on their official album. The tune evolves in its playing to a great psychedelic wa-wa ending. Sadly the cdr I have starts to vibrate with skipping noise clicks which gets worse and worse near the end, (-something which happens quite too often with copying cdrs, with storing cdrs, by oxygen and humidity combusting cdrs etc. oh I do hate this format) but I can still hear what’s going on. The third track improvises in a calm bluesy Turkish psychrock fashion, very moodily in a psychedelic way, with that nice element of echoing, submarine-like, high note pulses, played on the electric guitar. It is a bit more direct rock compared to the other releases. For me it sounds promising. Could be a nice vinyl EP.
6.demo Hayvanlar Alemi : Süper -single- (2007)***? 7.demo Hayvanlar Alemi : Pancarlarin Dansi -single- (2007)***' reviews might be added later