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No Such Thing As Free Will

by Deniz Cuylan

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Micro Landscape of a Bathroom Sink Amazing how a typical Reichian track like 'Purple Plains OF Utopia' is fitted to summerly melodic breezes as 'Clearing'. I have enjoyed the many listens so far tremendously. Thank you very much.
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hellyeahitsian An absolute gem of a mini-album, and one I’ve had in regular rotation since the first time I heard it. Deniz has a style all his own, but anyone who loves the rollicking picking of James Blackshaw will find joy in his style. The flamenco elements shine through, with thick clusters of nylon strings in perfect melody and near discordance. A perfect album for the inside times, winters, etc.

Highest recommendation, and am hoping to hear much more from Deniz. Favorite track: Flaneurs In Hakone.
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Hush Hush is thrilled to present the debut album 'No Such Thing As Free Will' by Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer Deniz Cuylan.

"Deniz Cuylan seems to invent new languages for the guitar: nylon-strung takes on Reichian minimalism, fluttering arpeggios that recall Vini Reilly’s spidery flamenco and atmospheric pieces pitched between Glenn Branca and Bert Jansch." -The Guardian

"It’s certainly an album that will soundtrack those moments when you sit and gaze at the world for a stretch, whether it is from behind a screen or in a park. An understated work, yes, but a miniature marvel." -A Closer Listen

"A bright, studious, harmonic, pastoral gem. 'No Such Thing As Free Will' is a much prettier and more enveloping record than words can convey; it has a really nice poise between the disciplines of the leftfield, the guitar soli and that of bright folk melody." -Backseat Mafia

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released March 19, 2021

All music composed by Deniz Cuylan.

Deniz Cuylan: Guitar, Clarinet, Piano
Brian Bender: Cello
Cem Mısırlıoğlu: Piano on "No Such Thing As Free Will"

Mixed by Brian Bender, Motherbrain.
Mastered by Frank Arkwright, Abbey Road.
Cover Design + Artwork by Özge Cöne.

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Run by KEXP DJ Alex Ruder, Hush Hush Records is dedicated to curating an emotional and introspective sound that's free of specific genre boundaries and ideal for headphone sessions, late-night travels and intimate encounters.

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