Balina is a duo that carries the elements from various musical parallel universes like prog rock, math rock, psychedelia, stoner rock and swing jazz with the flavours of modern heavy metal and Turkish roots. Their music contains a blend of raw and dark tunes with the help of dynamic sound brought by the feat of drum and guitar.
Duo has founded in late 2011 in İzmir Turkey as Alican Öyke on guitars and Burçin Esin on drums, who are also the old bandmates from local post hardcore band Soygun.
After their first self released 2013 record ‘Balina’ and the sequent performances which includes an opening up for Mogwai in their 2015 İstanbul gig too; they quickly became one of the accepted modern-heavy faces of Turkey’s current sub cultural music scene.
After following performances mostly held in İstanbul they made a reappearance with their second studio work ‘Kaybetmenin Mitolojisi’ which was released by Ada Müzik (Fikret Kızılok, Fazıl Say, Bülent Ortaçgil, Zen, Nekropsi, Replikas and more) in late 2017. This time, their music tells a conceptual psychedelic urban story, stuck between the sea and the rocks.
The songs were recorded in Pür Recording Studio Istanbul and Bahçeşehir University with the presence of Barkın Engin (Replikas). The cover of the album was created by Fırat İtmeç, photographed by Burçin Esin and graphically designed by Can Dağlı.
The promo photos were taken by Ebru Yıldız, who has previously worked with many names such as John Cale, Ty Segall and more. In this long breath progressive album, composed of four tracks in total, Lara Di Lara features in one of the songs ‘Üzgünüm’.
1. Karaburun Swing
2. Bedbaht Denizlerin Ödüllü Korsanı
Release Date: 23/08/2019