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Minor Empire / Press

"Group addresses Turkish roots in entrancing musical project. Ozman’s exceptional emotional expression becomes a language unto itself."

"The ineffable quality of Ozgu’s voice at the center of each song is the jewel from which the band radiates. Her charisma at center stage is both becalming and insurrectionary as the stream of her breathy voice urges the band and audience into deep feelings of longing and tranquility. Inspiration galore will be provided by this young and innovative group of master players."

“This group of talented musicians have a deep understanding of what is takes to create dreamy and cinematic textures that unfold with a seeming simplicity. ”

“The album is a perfect symbiosis between the Turkish traditional elements and the contemporary jazz and electronic sounds. What I like so much is the authentic atmosphere the music breaths, but it’s modern sound at the same time. It’s tradition from a new generation, perfectly arranged, highest quality and an exciting collaboration between professional musicians. ..the album is like a concept record, all compositions have their own atmosphere but are connected at the same time, they form a natural completeness. A dream debut!”

“Flashing a polished, sophisticated sound, this Toronto-based group coaxes both Western and Turkish music into a delicious dance that is both fresh and stylishly hip. Deeply exotic, Second Nature moves effortlessly through 14 evocative tracks fashioned out of ripe Turkish hues and moody Western atmospheric landscapes. Bold, expertly worked and voluptuous, Second Nature will surely have world music fans clamoring for the next installment from Minor Empire. ”

“..among the best I’ve heard lately. Ozan Boz touches no world music soup, he creates a dynamic virtuosity and masters the balance between electronic and acoustic instruments. Be sure to listen! ”

“De Toronto, la chanteuse Ozgu Ozman tisse l’une des plus belles musiques à partir de ses racines turques: tout en élégance, l’interprétation est raffinée dès le départ. Et Ozman marie sa voix aux splendides croisements de guitares électriques et atmosphériques. On reste souvent dans les maqâms turcs, on ajoute des climats planants et on invite un musicien de marque dans presque toutes les pièces. Il s’agit bien de cela: le disque propose un équilibre quasi parfait entre les climats d’intimité et les claques percussives, entre la nuit des temps et l’urbanité qui s’y fond. ”

“Second Nature is more than just an interesting record, it marks an important way forward for Turkish and world music, in general.”

“A slinky, dub-y Turkish soup of knotty rhythms, largely unsweetened. The atmosphere is successfully dreamy without being wan and its sunny moods aren't cloying. Best of all, this disc makes you want to check them out live.”

“Canada is producing some of the best contemporary Turkish music.”

“An amazing debut album”

“I love how their sound blurs the lines between electronic and traditional Turkish music. I like how textured and trippy it is.”