THIS YEAR may be fast drawing to a close, but for the Galway based guitar and percussion duo Jung Turks, it marks the opening of a new chapter in their existence.
The Jung Turks have just released their debut album Liber Eth. Using their main palette of amplified nylon string guitar, drums, and electronics the brothers give voice to a wide range of styles over the album’s 11 tracks.
Liber Eth was recorded live in Claycastle Studios, Youghal, in September. From the subtle tabla tones of ‘Meserëv’ to the full colour explosions in ‘This Slave’s Freedom Cries’, Jung Turks succeed in encompassing their wide range of influence while finding their own unique voice.
The Turks are brothers James (drums/percussion/electronics/tabla/voice ) and Edward Rooney (amplified nylon string guitar/bass/mandolin/keys/kora/voice ), who first came to attention in 2005 when they appeared at the Róisín Dubh Battle of the Bands.
Their highly unusual style of music is a fusion of classical, Spanish, jazz, and rock guitar both interplays and combating with furious, powerhouse percussion. It is highly atmospheric, complex, challenging, and often thrilling.
The brothers have been quiet of late but the releases of Liber Eth marks a welcome return and a series of shows is in the pipeline.
Liber Eth is available on limited edition numbered Audiophile 180g Gatefold Double LP, six-panel digipak CD, and as a download from iTunes and Digstation. For more information see www.jungturks.com or email [email protected]