Fans of the late ’60s and early to mid-’70s rock are often quite familiar with the burgeoning rock scene in Turkey. Some brilliant sounds emanate from Istanbul and other places in the country that bridges the gap between Europe and Asia.
It seems that Istanbul-based musician Bahadır Han Eryılmaz, aka Barista, is on the trail to keep that tradition alive with his thoroughly ambitious project ‘Open Sesame.’ Why ‘thoroughly ambitious?’ You can list quite a few reasons, but the first one that stands out is the fact that it actually encompasses five volumes, and ‘Her Dress’ is the first one in the series.
Secondly, Barista certainly doesn’t care for genres and styles. If it is something he likes, he’ll incorporate it into his sound, as long as it has one clear element present – good rock. With it, he certainly doesn’t shy away from what some call AOR, recalling such artists as Toto, Journey, Supertramp, The Alan Parsons Project, or Boston.
Now that sound has earned some bad reputation, but here, Barista is able to pull out all the good elements of that sound, leaving the usual formulaic elements of such music well away. He also spices it up with everything from psych to Turkish folk.
Han Eryilmaz explains: “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.”
While described in words, it all might sound like something too commercial sounding, you have to ask yourself – so what if something sounds commercial if it actually sounds good?
Barista – ‘Open Sesame Vol 1: Her Dress’ Reaction
Barista works in the realms of adult-oriented rock with 'Open Sesame Vol 1', without falling into any trappings of the genre.