"Fókatelep was founded in 2007 based on jam sessions of the members of Korai Öröm, a psychedelic world-beat band known far beyond the borders of Hungary. After Annamária Oláh had joined the group, the instrumental music gradually changed to the present song-like form. During its first year the improvising, ambient project has become a strong folk-rock group. The band rapidly found its audience and plays in more and more prestigious scenes. Among these were the successful concerts in several major Hungarian towns and on the closing day of the Hundertwasser exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts. Apart from the interest raised within the country, organisers abroad are also attracted thus the first concerts of their new European tour will start in Denmark this autumn.
Their first record introduces us to the world of primarily Hungarian but also Bulgarian, French or Indian folk style songs with energetic rock flavour. The meeting of the experienced musicians with the young, but extraordinarily talented singer and songwriter caused a strong album with its own signature.
Fókatelep do not commit themselves to either of the wide range of styles (folk songs, chanson, metal, electric) they are inspired by. Their characteristic ""fóka sound"" is more a mixture of all the above. Yallah Yallah is Indian-inspired ""raga-rock"" with Bulgarian folk instruments, Fly away is folk-like song arranged as a heavy ""piano metal"". With their adaptation of Gloomy Sunday they created a Hungarian trip-hop from the classical Rezső Seress song known throughout the world. Apart from Annamari’s lofty voice the ethno feeling is fortified by Nikola Parov’s (www.nikola.hu ) appearance as guest on the album. The worldwide-known musician, who recorded albums among others with Márta Sebestyén, played traditional Balkan instruments in several songs. Two songs (Leave, I was born for sorrow) envoke their own roots: these are ""recycled"" from themes of Korai Öröm, explaining why their fans will find them familiar."