Gaye Su Akyol has emerged over the last few years as one of the more promising voices in Turkish pop music. Listening to her first two albums (2014's Develerle Yaşıyorum and 2016's Hologram İmparatorluğu) it's clear she possesses a wealth of talent, ideas, and more importantly, vision.

Her latest album (and second international release) İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattiris (Consistent Fantasy Is Reality) is also her most overt pop outing that finds her further expanding her influences, combining '60s and '70s Anatolian pop and rock with everything from Turkish classical music, and surf, to psychedelic.

From the retro-futuristic synths and Morricone flair of the title-track to the sensual sway of breezy Latin chords of 'Bağrımızda Taş' and the brassy 'Meftunum Sana' which blurs the lines between traditional Turkish and trip-hop that gives way to a funky instrumental, it's easily her most rich and diverse collection yet.

The same sci-synths reappear on 'Hemşerim Memleket Nire' where dirty funk and Anatolian folk intermingle and 'Şahmeran' effortlessly threads together Samba and surf music. At the center of it all is Gaye Su Akyol's soulful and powerful voice that easily overcomes language barriers to bring the urgency and intimacy of each song to the forefront.

And with a theme centered around "the dream of pure freedom” and the need to “create a counter-reality in order to challenge organised evil," it's easily one of her most compelling releases. After four years of releasing music and refining and growing with each album, İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattiris is a solid argument for Gaye Su Akyol being a serious contender as a rising pop star in her own right.