Turkish experimental pop with pinch of post-punk, and a strange sadness.
Kim Ki O are Ekin Sanaç and Berna Göl, two old school friends who, on reuniting six years ago, started a band. The Istanbul-based duo make experimental pop with post-punk’s rhythmic swagger. Dogs is taken from their new album ‘Grounds’ on Parisian label Lentonia Records and has a strange sadness beneath the bounce. “All we’ve ever been interested in doing is making a record which encapsulates a mood and a time,” says a voice buried deep in the mix, which – a quick search suggests – was taken from a 1994 interview with Manic Street Preachers’ Richey Edwards, the year before he disappeared. The song ends on a loop of Edwards’ saying, “Go and live with my dogs somewhere.” And suddenly the source of the sadness is clear.