Cagri Raydemir – ‘Absence’ EP

Absence is a compelling 4-track EP from Cagri Raydemir, an artist presently based in Munich, Germany. Eerie folk and dark alt-rock stylistic pursuits intertwine seamlessly alongside gripping lyrical explorations of the human condition.

A sporadic folk-forward engrossment builds into a fervent vocal rise and twangy guitar suaveness on the opening “Absence of Patience.” Thereafter, a chilling brass line injects ample mystique at the track’s mid-point, navigating alongside sporadic acoustical chills and grooving rhythms. Brisker percussion and electric guitar weave in thereafter; this is a thoroughly compelling EP opener that quickly emphasizes the artist’s knack for riveting structural evolution and stylish expanses.

The EP continues its strong presence with “Absence of Candor,” weaving mellow keys and dark, industrial-leaning vocal ferocity — sending chills approaching the third minute, especially, as jangling guitars and climactic vocals swell. The elegant initial piano of “Absence of Courtesy” shifts into a more solemn, introspective quality at first, then rising into a riveting alt-rock nostalgia, showing shades of early Manic Street Preachers. The menacing, string-laden “Absence of Tolerance” concludes the EP with further convincing enthrallment.

“Absence of Candor” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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