Album release festival on 25 January 2018, Kulturni Centar GRAD, 20:00. www.facebook.com/events/1574282642656459/
"The Music of the Secret Society that Owns Belgrade" is a compilation featuring ten contemporary bands and solo musicians from Serbia's capital and its environs.
The idea for this album started out with the aim of documenting the current scene of bands in Belgrade that play experimental, psychedelic and electronic music with an open-minded attitude, and which also preferably have some elements from styles local to Serbia or its geographical surroundings. However, the research has lead to the discovery that the most interesting bands that satisfy these narrow criteria constitute not that much of a scene, but they are structured more like a loose circle or a clique, consisting of a small number of musicians who know each other and play with each other in different combinations, although this is not very visible from the outside due to the many stage names and psuedonyms adopted by these people.
The musical styles featured here include: Surf rock based on Balkan pop-folk anthems, urban folk music with Greek, Macedonian and Serbian references, ceremonially improvised psychedelic rock, alternative rock with post-punk overtones, and electronic mutations of Yugoslav-era pop-rock tracks. It is meant to expose, promote and preserve a very interesting musical state-of-affairs happening now in the second decade of the 21st Century in Belgrade. When music historians of the future will be looking back to these times, "The Music of the Secret Society that Owns Belgrade" will offer them a package of some of the most unique music that was created in this part of the world.
Compiled by Hayvanlar Alemi drummer Işık Sarıhan while stuck in Serbia during a period of trans-national bureaucratic limbo, July-December 2017. Released digitally on Inverted Spectrum Records, January 2018.
The Music of the Secret Society that Owns Belgrade" je kompilacija sa deset savremenih bendova i solo muzičara iz Beograda i okoline.
Projekat dokumentuje trenutnu scenu beogradskih bendova koji sviraju eksperimentalnu, psihodeličnu i elektronsku muziku otvorenog uma, a koji imaju neke odlike lokalnog stila iz Srbije i okoline. U procesu istraživanja pokazalo se da bendovi koji potpadaju pod ove kriterijume ne čine toliko scenu koliko kružok od malog broja muzičara koji se poznaju i sviraju zajedno u različitim kombinacijama, iako se možda tako ne čini gledajući sa strane zbog mnogih scenskih imena i pseudonima koje su ovi umetnici kreirali.
Muzički stilovi koji su zastupljeni na kompilaciji jesu: Surf rock baziran na balkanskim pop-folk himnama, urbana folk muzika sa grčkim, makedonskim i srpskim referencama, ceremonijalno improvizovani psihodelični rok, alternativni rok sa post-punk primesama i elektronskim mutacijama pop-rok hitova iz jugoslovenskog perioda. Cilj je prikazati i očuvati vrlo interesantno muzičko stanje stvari koje se dečava sada u drugoj dekadi 21.veka. Kada se istoričari muzike budu u budućnosti osvrnuli na ovaj period, "The Music of the Secret Society that Owns Belgrade", će moći da ponudi spektar interesantne i jedinstvene muzike it ovog dela sveta.
Kompilaciju je napravio bubnjar Işık Sarıhan dok je boravio u Srbiji u vreme svog trans-nacionalnog birokratskog limba u periodu od jula do decembra 2017.god. Digitalno izdanje albuma izlazi u januaru 2018-te u izdanju Inverted Spectrum Records-a.
released January 11, 2018
01: Moussaka – Nadya (2:31)
Originally released on “Yaran” EP, 2016.
Traditional song arranged by Moussaka.
Recorded at Prostorija studio, Borča, Belgrade.
Petar Živić: Guitar; Igor Mitić: Guitar; Davor Sopić: Bass; Uroš Milkić: Drums.
02: Hotel Makedonija - Hej živote radnička robijo! (3:01)
Originally released as digital single, 2017.
Written by Dunavski Buzukije, arranged by Hotel Makedonija.
Recorded at Miško’s house, recorded and mixed by Miško.
Tobić: Vocals; Dunavski Buzukije: Bouzuki; Vojce: Guitar; Biftek: Bass; Miško: Drums (programmed).
03: Dunavski Buzukije – Duško (1:56)
Originally released as digital single, 2017.
Written by Duško and Dunavski Buzukije.
Duško: Vocal; Vuk Ivan Zec: Guitar; Dunavski Buzukije: Bouzuki; Savski Baglamo: Tzura, backing vocal.
Recorded and mixed by Agnidor (ΑΓΝΗΔΩΡ).
04: The Cyclist Conspiracy – Virility (6:32)
Originally released in “Virility” EP (Trashmouth Records, UK), 2016.
Written by Nikola Urošević, arranged by The Cyclist Conspiracy.
Recorded and mixed by Miloš Miljković, Miško’s flat, Belgrade, 2014-2015. Mastered at Trashmouth Studios, London, 2016.
The Little Brothers: Nikola “Mangas” Urošević: Guitar; bass; Damjan “Beli” Brkić: Guitar; Stefan Stepić: Bass; Miloš Miljković: Percussion, keyboard; Dragan Mirković: Drums, percussion.
Velos Choir: Katarina Brčarević, Una Isailović, Marija Lončar, Teodora Jelena Stošić, Jovana Lukić, Milana Vučićević.
05: Crno Dete – Bela mečka (3:04)
Originally released on the album "Zlatne Stvari", 2016.
Written by Crno Dete.
Milan Bukejlović: Drums; Damjan Brkić: Guitar.
Recorded by Dušan Ševarlić and Robert Telčer at Šamarčina studio in Vrbas.
06: Lenhart Tapes Orchestra - Kurvin vodenjak (3:04)
Originally released as individual digital track, 2015.
Written by Vladimir Lenhart.
Lyrics inspired by folk song “Ljuljaj me, sudbino” by Vera Matović.
Nikola Dražić: 2nd guitar; Filip Đurović: drums; Vladimir Lenhart: bass guitar, tapes; Milan Milojković: 1st guitar; Mirjana Raić: vocal.
Produced by: Shpira.
07: Transkatarza – Huka (excerpt) (3:00)
Excerpt from unreleased 19 minute improvisation.
Written by Tranzkatarza.
Guitar: Vuk Ivan Zec.
08: Mangulica FM – Jutro me podseća na to (6:31)
Previously released as individual digital track, 2013.
Original song by Zana (Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, SR Serbia, 1981); edited by Mangulica FM.
09: BICIKL – 1st of August, 1555, at 4 PM (9:16)
Originally released on the album “Chertamy I Ryazamy” (Centipede Farm, Iowa, USA), 2016.
Written by BICIKL.
Recorded in Belgrade, Serbia, June 2014; mixed and mastered by Bojan Palikuća and Stefan Malešević.
Jisišgirdo Rūpinasi: Bass guitar, additional guitar; Arbaman Jiji: additional bass guitar; Vyraš Karūnos: Jew's harp; Nikola Urošević: guitar, vocals; Željko Marković: saxophone.
10: Ђани Друид – Тавчегравче (6:02)
Released previously as individual digital track, 2016.
Gianni Druid: Sampling, vocals.
Sampled track: “Tavche Gravche” by Tavche Gravche (Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, SR Macedonia, 1980)
All tracks are kept with their original volume levels and original mastering.
Cover art by Işık Sarıhan.
Thanks to Nikola Urošević, Stefan Malešević, Kulturni Centar GRAD, Sertaç Oğul, Ali Türünz, Damir Čičić, Özüm İtez, Ágnes Bakk, Mirko Stojković, and all the bartenders at Magic Garden.
Compiled by Işık Sarıhan, July-December 2017. Released digitally on Inverted Spectrum Records, 11 January 2018, 18:18.
Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.