We have featured Kraków Loves Adana (Deniz Cicek and Robert Heitmann) on numerous occasions, they are one of the best bands we’ve heard across the lifetime of SWIT (in a lifetime). This is “Call Yourself New”, their 3rd album. The title refers to the new, completely self-controlled approach to their music; “Call Yourself New” is the first release on Robert’s own label Better Call Rob. Deniz has also written all the songs herself this time.
Has ennui even sounded so beautiful? Has sadness ever enveloped one with such grace? I doubt it. Yes, the album is infused with a world-weary gloom, existing in a half-life between night and day, between heaven and hell, belonging to neither – the outsider’s outsider. What is on display here is truly great writing, every song has an immediacy that makes you think you’ve known it forever, a long lost friend, a companion in the darkness. Let them take you by the hand and lead you, lead you somewhere that isn’t here. There’s no redemption on display, no final uplifting coda that makes you think everything will be alright, it’s not that kind of a deal. So it’s true, the light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train but, oh, to die by your side, well the privilege, the pleasure is mine.