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Open Sesame Vol 1: Her Dress
16 April 2021
|Istanbul-based Rock project BARISTA joyously blurs the lines between authentic classic rock, heavy prog, mystic alternative, bold world music and dense psychedelic vibrations on monumental new album ‘Open Sesame,’ an album so expansive, it is to be released in 5 volumes. Although they freely experiment in their music, all roads ultimately lead to ROCK for this visionary artist.|
BARISTA is the moniker of Bahadır Han Eryılmaz, a musician who willfully embraces ‘naive enthusiasm’ while making music with purpose and emotion for the love of it. The tunes Han writes are heavily influenced by the stories of his own life and those of others, while also echoing musical inspiration from the likes of Toto, Journey, Supertramp, The Alan Parsons Project and an array of Turkish folk tradition, including Sufism. Above all, he is dedicated to bringing vibe back to music — it’s raw and liberating, authentic.
Han Eryilmaz describes how ‘Open Sesame’ came to fruition:
‘Open Sesame‘ is the continuation of my two earlier albums published under the alias ‘Barista’ and titled ‘Daydream’ (2014) and ’57’ (2016). It is the product of 3 years of work. As of now, 39 songs have been recorded and I plan on featuring 26 of them in this album, releasing them in recurring volumes. The volumes will be organized in relation to the subgenres of the songs, or, like a TV series, it can be spread out over time with several songs every 2 weeks or so.
For someone like me who doesn’t have any formal music training, becoming a musician past my youth creates mixed feelings, both familiar and unfamiliar. I think this new album is above the previous albums in terms of the sound. Regarding emotional content, I feel like I caught my first album ‘Daydream”s naïve enthusiasm a bit.
On the subject of writing multi-genre music, and releasing an ambitious 26-song album, Han says “I aimed at making music that is satisfying, multi-layered, with substance and detail. I strived for the lyrics to convey a theme, story, idea, or experience in unity and to do so with prosody and harmony. These themes are more of individual inner worlds than pop culture.
I am not targeting a specific audience or looking for tangible commercial success, all I want is for people to be aware of the existence of this album and to promote it as much as possible. I am aware that it is not in compliance with the current trends and main music industry dynamics, but I also know there are many people like me out there with a taste in indie music and/or who miss hearing music with body.”
‘Open Sesame Vol 1: Her Dress’ contains the first 7 songs of the 26-song album. It was released April 16, 2021 via Monoplay Records. Cover artwork was done by Blue Cafe Music.
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Artist Name: BARISTA
Release Title: Open Sesame Vol 1:Her Dress
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Release Date: April 16, 2021 (Vol 1)
Label: Monoplay Records
Musician Names- Instruments:
Simon Phillips – Drums
Jesse Siebenberg – keys and guitars
Han Eryilmaz – Drums, percussion, keys, backing vocals
Brian Duffy – vocals
Producer Name(s): Han Eryilmaz
Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Classic Rock, World Rock, Prog Rock
Vol 1: Her Dress
1 Circular Lives
2 Her Dress
3 Disco Sun
4 In a Dream
5 Watching the End Begin, Part 1 (Coffee Song)
6 Walk in My Shoes
7 Be Mine
Vol 2: Press Rewind
5 Nothing Left
Vol 3: Fihi Ma Fihi
4 Veysel’e Minnetim
Vol 4: The Good Son
4 Yoga Teacher’s Advice
5 Watching the End Begin, Part 2
Vol 5: A Different Beat
1 Dreams Remix B
2 Key E
Official Website: BaristaBeat.com
YouTube Channel: Barista Beat www.youtube.com/c/BaristaBeat/
Barista: for the love of music
Bahadır Han Eryılmaz, better known as Barista, is an Istanbul-based musician whose genre-defying, soul-ascending strain of music compels people to truly listen. An introvert by nature, he attributes his body of eclectic studio work to helping him to better understand himself, and to be fully immersed in a world of expression and escapism. Proudly producing music with substance, writing lyrics abundant with purpose and emotion and compiling an array of dazzling live performances, Barista’s music radiates a beautiful aura of authenticity, purpose, and pride throughout.
The tunes Han writes are heavily influenced by the stories of his own life and those of others, while also echoing musical inspiration from the likes of Toto, Journey, Supertramp, The Alan Parsons Project, and an array of Turkish folk tradition including Sufism. Above all, he is dedicated to bringing vibe back to music — it’s raw and liberating, authentic.
Having only begun his venture into music eight years ago, Barista’s ‘learn as he goes’ mentality has been pivotal to the release of his two albums. His debut release, ‘Daydream‘, premiered in 2014 and was quickly followed up by ‘57‘ in 2016.
Barista’s third album ‘Open Sesame’ features Jesse Siebenberg (Supertramp, Kenny Loggins), Brian Duffy (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), Sara Azriel, (Pink Martini) and Lydia Salnikova (Kenny Rogers, BO), as well as Barista’s musical idol Simon Phillips on drums, the 26-track was released via Turkish indie label Mono Records on April 16th, 2021.