kandur’s new single | out now


What makes us homesick? Sometimes it is a sound, a sight or an idea that reminds us of home and in Kandur's case, living five years away from his hometown, the similarities he saw in philosophy, art, and music that originated separately in San Francisco and Turkey, gave him comfort of being home at all times and shaped the mold of his next single Rumî - a song that takes influences from sounds of San Francisco's 60's revival and Turkish Psychedelic Rock, fusing them with Rumî's poetry. Recorded in The Atomic Garden Studios of Oakland, CA with Jesse Nichols (White Stripes, Iggy & The Stooges, Santana, Journey) handling the production duties and Diana Cordero from Kandur's live band behind the drums, the song delivers a pulsing and shimmering neo-psych anthem chanting the mantra of Rumî's Seven Pieces of Advice in Kandur's native tongue of Turkish.


Kandur's debut ep


"For a guitar-centric record, it doesn't get much better than this."  Jessie Schiewe, SF Weekly

"For a guitar-centric record, it doesn't get much better than this." Jessie Schiewe, SF Weekly

For a guitar-centric record, it doesn’t get much better than this.
— SF Weekly

When the political climate in his home of Istanbul started to take drastic turns for the worse, Ilker Kandur decided to relocate himself to one of the western world’s most historically progressive locales, and the home of many of his musical influences, San Francisco.

Teaming up with Berkeley’s legendary Fantasy Studios to handle production duties, Kandur was partnered with Dawn Richardson (4 Non Blondes, Tracy Chapman) on the drums and the pair immediately bonded over classic rock influences. The resulting EP, aptly titled Fantasy, features four heavy-hitting-yet-melodic alternative rock tracks that span the breadth of their creator’s influences.


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