Merry-Go-Round Magazine: Bandcamp Picks of the Week 5/1/20

May 1, 2020

Bandcamp Picks of the Week 5/1/20

Below is an excerpt from Merry-Go-Round Magazine’s Bandcamp Picks of the Week that features Ottoman Turks latest self-titled album: 

“It’s not being reported on with the amount of vigor and fanfare it deserves, but Dallas is pumping out more quality outlaw and cosmic country than just about anywhere in the country (see other veterans of the Bandcamp Picks section: Quaker City NighthawksPaul Cauthen, as well as The Vandoliers). The cover of Ottoman Turks’ self-titled debut should tell you all you need to know: bright, colorful, vivid, and just the slightest bit chaotic. An album 10 years in the making, the Ottoman Turks grew their legend in Texas before pouring a decade’s worth of fire into an album of shit-kicking, wide-eyed, buzzing rock ‘n roll. The result is equal parts country line dancing, highway biker bar brawls, and grindhouse double-features, oddly cinematic in scope, although with a narrative that’s focused exclusively on explosions, shootouts, and getaways. In its most exhilarating moments, the band fuses driving punk with twinges of psych, teetering on the edge of psychobilly before reigning it into headstrong saloon rock—find me an artist delivering a transition as effortless as the one made from “O C P” to “Can’t Promise Nothin’” and I’ll buy you a beer. Their more straightforward honky tonk, cuts like “Beer & Women” or “Glass Bottles,” only add to the filmic nature of the whole album, and their brand of straight country is exceptionally world-weary, music written by people whose drink of choice is a boilermaker because it’s cheap and they like the burn. Give Ottoman Turks’ excellent debut a listen over on Bandcamp. [CJ Simonson]” 

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