The pale Wednesday afternoon floats above my lazy body while I sit on my rooftop eating a Brazilian chocolate dessert, sip on my warm cup of coffee and blast Ilgen-Nur’s beautiful tunes.
“IT’S HARD FOR ME TO STAY AWAKE
IN THIS DREAM I CREATED.”
-THE BAGS UNDER YOUR EYES, ILGEN-NUR
Words of honesty spew into my head as Ilgen-Nur confidently sings about life’s brutal truths.
“AND NOW THAT I AM WHO I WANTED TO BE
I START TO SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY.”
You can feel her courage in the indie-rock guitar riffs as the soothing drums and big sounds support her powerful voice.
“JUST TRYING TO BE COOL
BUT I FEEL LIKE A FOOL.”
Her debut EP, No Emotions, has been on repeat in my apartment this entire week as the therapeutic tracks coincide perfectly with the shitty weather and confusing feelings that engulf my life. Ilgen-Nur’s eloquent lyrics and charismatic sounds make you feel like things are going to be alright, even in the darkness of your lonely mind. It is refreshing listening to someone so real – someone who knows how to beautifully capture the little things that are happening in our day to day lives. But at the end of the day, empowerment seems like a common theme that is strung through each lovely track. Material Magazine perfectly explains this empowerment in an article about her new EP: “Using her music as a primary force in fighting these obstacles, Ilgen-Nur is determined to give herself and others confidence through her lyrics.”
No Emotions is destructing the concept of cool, playing as the perfect soundtrack to my early 20s. And lucky us, Neu, Kaputt is bringing Ilgen-Nur to Cologne tomorrow at Acephale for an intimate show! Entry is free (donations are encouraged) and it is happening at one of the best bars in Cologne – so it’s going to be a night you won’t want to miss. Get down in time to catch this amazing set, and make sure to stay for Siamo Sempre Insieme and their funky tunez that will have you dancing all night long. See you all there! x
Wednesday 25 October - Badehaus Berlin, Berlin
Thursday 26 October - Acephale, Cologne
Sunday 29 October - Kurze Eck, Saarbrücken
Friday 03 November - Gastfeld, Bremen
Saturday 04 November - Gastfeld, Bremen