Ozan Tekin - Anarya II


“Anarya” is a figurative attempt by Turkish-born Cologne-based artist Ozan Tekin to migrate backwards. The title of the album echoes a vernacular saying from his hometown “anarya gitmek” meaning “going back”. “Anarya II”, is a six-track EP that focuses on the second part of Tekin’s inverted journey which passes through Istanbul.

The transposed narrative of “Anarya” sprung up from its roots when Tekin came across with a 65 years old worn out piano. Mesmerized by its unique sound, he felt the urge to make recordings with this piano before it fell apart. After spending months learning its mechanics, Tekin recorded his second album with the old upright piano he repaired and brought back to life.

In “Anarya II” Tekin attempts to revisit both his emotional and episodic memories in Istanbul. While trying to bring some peace and simplicity into chaos, he tries to make peace with it through his music. As a continuation of “Anarya I”, “Anarya II” also portrays Tekin’s projections crafted over contemporary classical, jazz and ambient music fading through his piano. It embodies Tekin’s unaffected absorption into piano music with his remarkably catchy and minimal melodies.

Tekin’s constantly evolving music generates its swaying movements of sonic exploration, adaptation and transformation from his resolute faith in not to be entrenched in any single genre. He continues to give voice to his resoluteness via the immersive intimacy radiating from the piano conversations in “Anarya II”.


Gülbaba Records

Release Date:

March 2022

Written and produced by

Ozan Tekin

Recorded by

Ozan Tekin

Mixed and mastered by

Emre Malikler

Artwork and design by

Başak Ünal