Please meet Mert Karaca, who just released his debut EP Abandonism under the moniker of Styrofawn. In the past his perfectionism got in the way, and he never thought his music was good enough, but a Leonardo da Vinci quote – “Art is never finished, only abandoned” – took away his reluctance to share his work with the world. In fact, the independent artist from Turkey now dived into the imperfection of lo-fi bedroom pop, and in no time he managed to write, play, arrange, record, produce, mix, and master these five shaky songs. Mert sent me an email asking if they’re good enough, and that you’re reading this means I replied positively. Uncertainty is not necessary – I really like this sound, with jangly guitars, appealing melodies, and slightly distorted vocals, and there’s nothing wrong with the lyrics either. With this talent and work ethic, we could be hearing a lot more good stuff from Styrofawn in the future. RIYL: Castlebeat, Acid Ghost, Juan Wauters.
“Some things take time // Some come out of the blue // A flash of lightning and I’m // Smitten with you”
Abandonism is out now digitally. Add to wantlist: Bandcamp