Blake Hazard‘s new single “Oh Anatolia” and its remix by White Sea (Morgan Kibby of M83) are a love story set in Istanbul, both a nostalgic look back at the time she spent living in that darkly romantic place and a hopeful take on a city that’s still fighting “for the new, for the free.” Flaunt Magazine shares the tracks alongside their latest issue on “Alternative Facts,” positing the remix as a kind of alternative fact to the original track.
Hazard sees the political situation in Turkey as a kind of cautionary tale for the US, having borne witness the beginning of the rise of their authoritarian ruler during the time she lived there. White Sea shares Hazard’s connection with Istanbul and states, “I love Blake, her music, her intellect.. and I absolutely fell in deep love with Turkey when I visited many years ago. When Blake asked me to work on a remix for ‘Oh Anatolia’ it was an absolute no brainer and a pleasure. Her openness to creative collaboration is rare and inspiring.”