Originally from Turkey, PAINTED ON WATER garnered wide acclaim in the United States for their debut LP. Cohesively blending traditional Turkish folk with modern jazz and blues, it featured guests including the legendary fusion player Al DiMeola and jazz drummer Dave Weckl. However, even with such distinguished guests, songwriter Demir Demirkan’s ear for arrangement and vocalist Sertab Erener’s beautiful approach to melody remained at the center.
Now based in Chicago, PAINTED ON WATER return with a new EP of straightforward pop, delivered with panache and a dose of crunchy rock flair. The sound might be different, but Demirkan and Erener’s strengths shine as bright as ever.
Drawing from artists as diverse as Muse, Evanescence, or even Sade, the new EP reflects PAINTED ON WATER’s mastery of pop craft. As Turkey’s first and only winners of the Eurovision Song Contest, that mastery should come as no surprise.
Look for PAINTED ON WATER’s new EP out November 19 and an LP to follow in 2014.
Praise for Painted on Water:
“On the band’s inventive debut, singer Sertab Erener and guitarist Demir Demirkan rely heavily on traditional tunes from their birth country, but kick them up with rock guitars, jazz inflections, and a bit of pop polish.”
— NY Daily News
“Demir Demirkan and vocalist Sertab Erener have created a beautiful, incredibly sensuous mix of pop and jazz with world music undertones that proves to be wonderfully intoxicating.”
. – Cape Cod Online
“… this disc warrants everyone’s attention”
– Sea of Tranquility