Ekin Fil
LP HMS 048

The Wire

October 2018

Over the course of a dozen releases in the past decade, Ekin Fil - born Ekin Üzeltüzenci - has honed her aptitude for haunted dream-folk. Her first album since leaving the cosmopolitan bustle of Istanbul for a slightly quieter life on an island in the Sea of Marmara, Maps resonates with the ripples of a piano made liquid by delay and heavy reverb. On several tracks, the piano is joined by the eerie, giallo-esque vibrato of a vintage organ. Üzeltüzenci's vocals seldom rise above a warm whisper, though on "Nocturnal Arc" they achieve a weighty harmonic presence through layering. "At Dawn" opens with what sounds like the soft chittering of a looped hi-hat with the tempo turned all the way up and the volume all the way down. Around this shimmering spine, plumes of feedback roil just at the edge of chaos, potentially explosive yet masterfully contained. -- Emily Pothast