HIKÂYE by Santi & Tuğçe

A Twice Told Tale conjures up stories that connect with something deep within the listener. Told with emotional intensity and intricacy, these are songs for and about everyone.

We can’t help but feel hopeful seeing so many artists continuing to produce and share vibrant music and art despite the mayhem everywhere. Santi & Tuğçe are two such artists, sharing new sounds with an EP titled A Twice Told Tale. Their debut single is “Hikâye” and “it tells a tale that is ‘a little naïve, a little rebellious, and a little tender.’ Life is fleeting, leaves will fall, colors will fade, and before we know it, it will be time to depart from this beautiful earth. Yet the tale we have lived to tell and the love we have lived for will remain.”

You can find “Hikâye” on most platforms including Bandcamp, Beatport and Spotify. You can also read Santi & Tuğçe‘s most recent newsletter in which they explain a little more about their new recording.

ABOUT SANTI & TUĞÇE

“In a world of constant change and chaos, it is becoming clear that the established narratives are no longer working. What we need now, perhaps more urgently than ever, are new stories to fill the void: stories that can connect and inspire us with a shared vision. Santi and Tuğçe are here to weave new myths for our times in a language that most directly touches the human heart: music. Santi (from Asunción, Paraguay) and Tuğçe (from Istanbul, Turkey) left their homes to follow their dreams of music and have been road companions and musical partners for more than a decade.

Currently based in Berlin after many years of living in the US where they first met, they each bring a vibrant mosaic of influences and ideas from all over the world: soulful melodies, colorful instrumentation, dreamy harmonies, and surgically engineered dance-floor beats, informed by years of Santi’s training in music composition and computer science along with Tuğçe’s studies in jazz vocals and creative writing. Rooted in the richness of diverse cultural and musical traditions, and motivated by a constant pulse for open-minded inquiry and innovation, Santi & Tuğçe reclaim the power of music to express something essential about human experience. In between moments of intense power and exquisite tenderness, their music entices you to awaken your senses and imagination, while their lyrics provide a remembrance of the everlasting human journey with currents of love, leaving and returning home, longing for places and ancestors long gone, adventures to imaginary lands on a sea-spaceship, and near-future dystopias where self-aware, compassionate robots abound. In short, the tales that Santi & Tuğçe tell are fluid and ever-changing, filled with musical and literary creativity, revealing a breathtaking stylistic synthesis and reminding us of our timeless essence.”


Dear friends and music lovers around the world,

We hope this message finds you all well. We are writing to share with you news of our upcoming EP, “A Twice Told Tale”. The first single from this EP, “Hikâye” is out today on all digital platforms. Hikâye” tells a tale that is “a little naïve, a little rebellious, and a little tender”. Life is fleeting, leaves will fall, colors will fade, and before we know it, it will be time to depart from this beautiful earth. Yet the tale we have lived to tell and the love we have lived for will remain.

We are especially grateful that the Italian pianist and jazz virtuoso Pier Luigi Salami joined us for this EP. Below you may find brief description of a “Twice Told Tale”. The full EP will be out on Souq Records in October. Below is a brief description of the full EP:

One fine autumn day in late September, Santi (from Asunción, Paraguay) and Tuğçe (from Istanbul, Turkey) have crossed paths in a small town in the middle of the “heartland” US. From this moment on, their lives have become webs of inquiry and revelation as they have jointly devoted forces to mastering the art of musical storytelling. Drawing on a wide palette of ideas and influences, Santi & Tuğçe have created an enchanting world with their music in which the characters are driven by passion and a zest for life. A world where mythical creatures return home after an epic quest to an island surrounded by land, where a wise woman prepares potions to heal the poet, the dreamer, and the disillusioned; where planets collide and create new patterns in the cosmic swirl; where two starry-eyed lovers sail away on a sea turtle spaceship to places unknown; and where self-aware, compassionate robots resolve ancient paradoxes in their mission to rescue humanity.

On this fine autumn day in late September, thirteen years after their fortuitous encounter, Santi & Tuğçe, now based in the ‘center of electronic music’ Berlin, present their latest musical odyssey: “A Twice Told Tale”. Filled with unmistakable charm and complexity, “A Twice Told Tale” conjures up stories that connect with something deep within the listener. Told with emotional intensity and intricacy, these are songs for and about everyone.

We hope that these songs bring you joy and keep you good company as they have done for us in these long, uncertain months we have been experiencing worldwide.

With our love and warm wishes to all,

Santi & Tuğçe

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