Ekin Fil
LP HMS 048

Vinyl District

August 2018

A fantastic LP from this prolific if underheard Istanbul-based builder of experimental "dream pop" atmospherics. This is her fourth for Helen Scarsdale since 2016 (three LPs and a cassette OST). Between 2009-'16, her discography holds five tapes, a 7-inch and a CDR for different labels, with her self-titled cassette released in '13 by Students of Decay, the imprint that (amongst roughly 100 releases) issued Sarah Davachi's All My Circles Run last year. This is a good point of comparison, not because the two sound alike (there are some similarities, and also to Grouper) but through utter seriousness of intent. Ekin Fil (neé Ekin Üzeltüzenci) also sings beautifully but somewhat (and effectively) sparingly across this record, which fans of drone-ambient should not sleep on. -- Joseph Neff