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This product is a Pre Order and is scheduled to be released 6th September 2024

This product is available on preorder with a limited discounted price.

Isik Kural - Moon in Gemini


This product is available on pre order with a limited discounted price.

Isik Kural returns with Moon in Gemini, a luminous scrapbook of slow-flowing narratives couched in intuitive and symbolic storytelling. Bending a playful take on environmental music to the folk song form, Isik’s vocals coo atop pastoral field notes, airy chamber instrumentation and archival recordings culled from a curious musical life. A tender pastiche coalesces across the suite of Moon in Gemini’s fourteen pieces, and Isik invites the listener to daydream as-deep-aspossible.

“The songs on Moon in Gemini don’t mind being slower or taking their time to reach the listener,” says Isik, who wanted the title to speak to the album’s dreamy, liminal nature. “I enjoyed how the phrase could be used to describe an object, a time or a place simultaneously,” he explains. Similarly and subsequently, these songs contain a multiplicity of sonic artifacts, moments and spaces that span Isik’s rich musical career to date. With the bulk of the album realized between Amasya, Turkey and Isik’s current home in Glasgow, in both domestic and studio recording environments, additional tracks unearthed from his personal recording archive lend their lush patina. The record emerged as a fertile space to reimagine a handful of previously unreleased songs and unfinished ideas spanning the past fifteen years of his life and work, including streetside sounds documented while growing up in Turkey and recordings made while studying music engineering in Miami, Helsinki and Glasgow.

Inspired in part by listening to iconic, if not sometimes misunderstood, singers such as Nina Simone, Aldous Harding and Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear, Isik aimed to carve out a new space for his voice on Moon in Gemini, experimenting with novel recording and mixing techniques. Captured at his aunt’s farmhouse in Amasya during an extended three week recording session, we find Isik’s vocal high in the mix, front-and-center and on newly expressive terms.

Moon in Gemini, brimming with natural imagery and lullaby-inflected tones, tunes into states of being where the wonder filled sound of everyday is heard and felt, perfectly imperfect in its poetry; where the invisible steps forward; where dauntless ghosts wait around every corner and play enriches the soul; where bird song fills sun-soaked afternoons and carries us on its wings into each enchanted evening. Isik Kural’s Moon in Gemini will be released on vinyl, Japanese import CD, and digital editions on September 6, 2024. On behalf of Isik and RVNG, a portion of the proceeds from this release will benefit Mor Çatı Women’s Shelter Foundation, whose social work at their solidarity centers and shelters supports women building lives unhindered by gender-based discrimination and male violence under free and equal conditions.


A1. Body of Water
A2. Prelude
A3. Almost a Ghost
A4. Grown One Iota
A5. Interlude
A6. Redcurrants
A7. Mistaken for a Snow Silent
B1. Gül Sokağı
B2. Stems of Water
B3. After a Rain
B4. Behind the Flowerpots
B5. Daywarm Birds
B6. Birds of the Evening
B7. Most Beautiful Imaginary Dialogues

Scheduled: 6 September 2024

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