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Ductape – Echo Drama

by François Zappa

Turkish duo Ductape have recently released a new album, entitled Echo Drama, the third in their career after the acclaimed Ruh and Labirent. We reviewed both works back in the day, and we have also interviewed the duo on the occasion of their first visit to Madrid, so if you want to know more about them, check out the interview. On that occasion, two years ago, they were part of the program of Bizarro, the events organized by Nöle, where they played again last year with their label mates Edges. Just on the following day they played in Barcelona, this time at the Ombra festival, both really good concerts that gave us the opportunity to listen to a couple of songs from this new album. Echo Drama has been released by Swiss Dark Nights and is available on vinyl, CD and digital.

The title of Echo Drama refers to those dramatic situations that reflect other past moments and also to the repercussions of the past. With this title the duo wanted to express that the album reflects their past, their previous works, but with a new flavour. The evolution of the duo is clear in these eight songs, a great step forward in their sound.

Echo Drama begins with “Red Scar”, the first single from the album and one of the best songs they had composed so far. Çağla’s interpretation sounds aggressive and painful at the same time and the song has a frenetic rhythm reinforced by sweeping violins. Next, we come across “Closer,” with a very catchy synth melody and a more danceable sound. It is the other track we had already heard on Ombra. The album continues with “The Unknown,” a dramatic and, at moments scary composition, also with a frenetic rhythm. One of the highlights of the album is the great guitar work of Furkan especially versatile in this track. After so much speed, something more relaxed like the melancholic “Evil Me” with a remarkable beginning is appreciated. “Veil of Lies” sounds a bit more upbeat than the rest of the material, more techno pop although Çağla fills everything with drama with her voice. After these first five tracks in English, the last three songs are sung in Turkish: the fantastic “Anafor” sounds mysterious, with an eighties vibe thanks to the sound of what looks like Indian flutes and Çağla gives a very passionate performance. “Duvar” sounds also dramatic and mysterious like some Cocteau Twins more pending on emotions than beauty and includes some keyboards that give it a really ghostly touch. The album comes to its end with “Insan Senfonisi”, another slow and dark track, with powerful bass and impressive singing by Çağla .

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