Nekropsi @ Salon IKSV
02 Feb. 2013

Nekropsi @ Salon IKSV


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What Nekropsi bring with them is the weight of importance. While they are not an enormous commercial proposition, tonight the atmosphere in Salon IKSV is heavy with anticipation; the kind of excitement before a show I haven’t felt before in Istanbul. The black cube of the venue is packed, the painfully hip crowd keenly emoting in hushed tones. If you are interested in such things, a major show by Nekropsi is a seriously ‘cool’ event, and Şişhane is buzzing.

For (non-Turkish) reference, Tool, The Mars Volta, Lighning Bolt and King Crimson all loom large, but Nekropsi’s musical and conceptual appeal lies mainly in an utterly intense amalgamation of Math rock and a strain of classical Arabesque, and despite their gravity, these four men clad in black t-shirts and jeans are actually having a great time with other. The band’s oblique publicity and presentation is also key – nothing is obvious, there is no ‘frontman’, and the gig feels truly democratic.

The four members stand in the four corners of the stage, a gaping hole in the centre where (presumably) the music lives. It’s an inspired, enigmatic approach, reminiscent of Pavement or Talking Heads in their most media-shy moments. The call and response barks of brothers Cem (guitar) and Cev (drums) hammer home the fact that lyrics, or vocals themselves, are simply another weapon in the arsenal, and in fact making Nekropsi a truly international band – there are few linguistic codes to untangle here; just righteous, tight, liquid intensity.

There point-precise playing holds the crowd captivated, and by the time signature tune ‘Erciyes Nokta’ eventually kicks in , any doubters are left gobsmacked – effortless victory through a relationship of demand.

 

About the author

Sean Parker
Sean is a writer, musician, artist and promoter, relocated to Chichester in August 2014 after ten years living and working in Istanbul. He was born in Exeter in 1975, and holds an MA and Bachelors in Fine Art from the University for the Creative Arts in Surrey, specialising in abstract painting, video art and cultural theory. Parker currently writes for the Multicultural Guide (Turkey), Louder Than War and Monolith Cocktail amongst others, writing on music, politics and culture, and has held over 35 interviews with writers and musicians from Julie Burchill to Danny McNamara to Dave M. Allen. In the past he and his work have appeared in Time Out Istanbul, Cosmopolitan, USA Today, Uncut.co.uk and NME.com. In 2013 he gave a TED Talk at Istanbul's Kadir Has University, titled 'Stammering and Creativity' which can be watched on YouTube, and in the same year gave a talk titled 'Turkiye, the UK and Body Language' at the Navisalvia conference at Istanbul University. Sean has released 4 original albums, one with experimental artist Ettuspadix, a mini album by writer/musician Chris Roberts’ Clocks Go Forward, an EP and 4 compilations by other artists, mostly released on his own Seraglio Point Productions label. He has made over 150 stage performances at venues and festivals with six groups and solo, including appearances with Ed Harcourt, The Membranes and Replikas, and appeared on European radio and Turkish TV a number of times. He presented a number of Istanbul ‘Pen Pal’ reports on Bethan Elfyn’s show on Amazing Radio in 2014, is also UK booking agent for Istanbul-based Major Music and Entertainment, and a music promoter at various venues in Chichester. In September 2014, his factual/fictional book 'Salt in the Milk - Ten Years in Istanbul' was published by Kindle worldwide.

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