Friday, July 2, 2010

Xcarnation - Grounded (2005)

XCARNATION is a project set up by Turkish composer, guitarist, arranger and producer Cenk Eroglu. Being the son of an accomplished conductor, arranger and jazz pianist, he became involved with music at a very early age. During the last 15 years he has produced many albums in his home country, but he has also released two solo albums so far: one in 1991 and another in 1996.

After the release of his second solo album, he started working on a new project with the aim to integrate heavy rock and electronic sounds into a synthesis of Eastern and Western music. Materializing this aim however covered a long period of time, during which he stumbled upon two musicians who had inspired him previously: Pat Mastellotto (King Crimson) and Kip Winger. By the time he met Kip (in 2002), he had finalized his new sound and named it Xcarnation. “Grounded” was recorded with the help of 13 musicians and among them you’ll find the complete line-up of Winger: Kip Winger on lead and background vocals, bass and acoustic guitar, Reb Beach on guitar and Rod Morgenstein (next to the above-mentioned Pat Mastellotto) on drums. Don’t expect highly accessible rock like Winger served us in the past however, because this is totally other stuff. Admitted, thanks to the help of Turkish musicians, Eroglu has indeed succeeded in finding that balance between Eastern and Western music, but the question remains: who was waiting for such a ‘strange’ album? Personally, I don’t think I will play this album much in the future again. Even the (alternative) lead vocals of Kip Winger – a man I admired so much in the past – won’t convince me to do so. Too bad…

Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1967, as the son of an accomplished conductor, arranger and jazz pianist, Cenk Eroglu became involved with music at a very early age. During his teenage years, he spent most of his time writing, playing and recording music, which initiated his musical career. Cenk released his first solo album in the year 1991. From then on, he produced many albums in Turkey and became renowned as a composer, guitarist, arranger and producer. After his second solo album was released in the year 1996, he began to work on a new project which was aimed at an integration of heavy rock and electronic sounds into a synthesis of Eastern and Western music. The materialization of this new sound covered a long period of time during which he met first Pat Mastellotto (Mr. Mister and King Crimson) and then Kip Winger (Winger) - two musicians who had greatly inspired him previously in his music life. In 2001, he participated in the making of the album BPMM together with Pat Mastelotto, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin and Trey Gunn. By the time Cenk met Kip in 2002, he had finalized his new sound which he named Xcarnation. Inspired by the fruits of his work, Pat Mastellotto, Kip Winger, Rod Morgenstein (Winger / Dixie Dregs / Steve Morse) and Reb Beach (Winger / Dokken / Whitesnake) and many ethnic instrument players in Turkey made their artistic contributions to the songs in the album. As an outcome of Cenk's long musical journey, Xcarnation, all songs written, sung, arranged and engineered by Cenk Eroglu, is ready to meet the world market on September 19th 2005.

XCARNATION:
Cenk Eroglu (vocals, all instruments)
Pat Mastelotto (drums)
Kip Winger (vocals, bass)
Ebru Eroglu (bass)
Erdem Solmen (guitar)
Cem Keskin (guitar)

Produced by: Cenk Eroglu
Engineered by: Cenk Eroglu
Mixed by : Cenk Eroglu
Mastered by: Cory De Broke




Tracks:
01. Personal Anti-Christ
02. Everlasting
03. Without You
04. Desperately Sad
05. Reason to Believe
06. Lucky Day
07. Take a Deep Breath
08. Coma White
09. Willing to Wait
10. Pictures