Shot out of a hyper-creative canon, Kit Sebastian (Kit Martin and Merve Erdem) landed with a formidable debut in 2019’s Mantra Moderne. Its audience held tightly to the album’s global sprawl, advocating for more ears to agree and more music to arrive. The duo’s follow-up, Melodi, answers those calls and then some. Intercontinental instrumentation is back – traversing sounds from the Cold War-era Balkans to rural South America – replete with Erdem’s versatile, multilingual voice. Delightfully dancy, impressively intricate. Melodi’s momentum delivers a confident band for their first Lagniappe Session with Martin and Erdem reimagining Turkish pop sensation Sezen Aksu and (no-introduction-needed) avant Londoners, Stereloab.
Released in 2019, the Turkish/English hybrid that is Kit Sebastian’s Mantra Moderne swirls with psychedelia, its unique blend pinched from dexterous crate-digging scanning 20th century European library music, Chanson, Tropicália and pop. An aural time machine, the record manages to avoid pastiche, pay homage and remain firmly planted in the present. If any of that sounds good, press play. Highly recommended.