This is the first album by the duo. In these seven tracks, Eda Er and Simon Sieger explore the rich potential of their differences, in a very particular way.
Soon after having met and decided that working together was almost as obvious as if it had been predestined, fate decided otherwise and the pandemic struck worldwide. Being isolated each in their country (France for Simon Sieger and Turkey for Eda Er), their only option was to make music together but separated by distance. The context shaped their project as much as their will. The songs became symbols of their state of mind at the time of the playing, each improvising off of the improvised track of the other. It became a correspondence of emotions sent through sound, speaking the words that live within words, which cannot be spoken with our mouths.
The music that lived within them at the time of creation could not be played on stages, for audiences to feel. The only way to express this music was by sharing it with one who could reply, through music. Being locked at home and watching the wind agitate the drying laundry at the windows gave existence to the song Mistral, the name of the wind that gushes through Marseille (where Simon lives). The yearning for the presence of the other musician and the expression of that frustration brought Toi d’un autre rivage, which is a reference to the two banks of Istanbul (where Eda Er lives). Every development in the crisis was transformed into an outcry to the other musician, in an attempt to make something out of the nothing that was imposed on the artists. Such is the song Curfew Dance, which emerged in the minutes following the announcing of a curfew in France at the end of the year 2020.
The music that is in this record is more than just a musical project. It is the essence of the meeting point between two yearning souls that refuse to stay apart, despite the obstacles of fate. This correspondence of music is the founding stone of the duo. It proves that the music they have to share can exist in the most troubled times and that the necessity to bring it to existence is stronger than the will to divide. With this album, ESSE lets music talk about the many bridges yet to be built between the spirits where identity disappears, and individuals are born.
Album Title: ESSE DÉBUT
Artists : Eda Er & Simon Sieger
Label : Elektramusic.eu
Mix-Mastering : Laçin Şahin
Assistant Engineer: Ece Gülensoy
Cover Illustration: Eda Er