Turn (The Ex album)

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Studio album by The Ex
Released September 14, 2004
Recorded September 16-18, 2003 at Electrical Audio, Chicago
November 22, 2003 and February 20, 2004 at Studio Le Roy, Amsterdam
Genre Punk rock, Post-punk, Experimental, African music
Length Disc one: 44:16
Disc two: 42:40
Label Touch and Go Records
Producer Steve Albini (Chicago sessions)
Mikel Le Roy (Amsterdam sessions)
The Ex chronology
In the Fishtank 9
Singles. Period. The Vinyl Years 1980–1990

Turn is a double album by Dutch anarchist post-punk band The Ex. After 20 years of working with Luc, their former bass guitarist, Turn is the only Ex album to feature double bass player Rosemarie giving the band a sound akin their prior work with cellist Tom Cora. In tandem with The Ex's drummer Katrin, Rosemarie also contributed significant female vocal harmonies to the album.

On Turn, The Ex also displayed their love and interpretations of African rhythms and melodies. On "Theme From Konono" The Ex's guitars imitate amplified thumb pianos in a tribute to the infectious rhythm of Congolese percussion group Konono Nº 1 who had toured Europe with The Ex. "Getatchew" pays tribute to Ethiopian Saxophone legend Getatchew Mekuria with whom The Ex would later record an album. Turn also features The Ex playing the Eritrean revolutionary song "Huriyet" set to a traditional Tigrinya beat.

Turn was recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, Chicago, and mixed by Mikel Le Roy and The Ex at Studio Le Roy, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Listen To The Painters" - 4:13
  2. "Prism Song" - 5:51
  3. "Dog Tree" - 6:28
  4. "Getatchew" - 5:05
  5. "The Pie" - 8:46
  6. "3:45 AM" - 5:26
  7. "IP Man" - 8:27

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Theme From Konono" - 8:24
  2. "Huriyet" - 5:11
  3. "Sister" - 6:24
  4. "Confusion Errorist" - 4:49
  5. "The Idunno Law" - 5:11
  6. "Henry K" - 4:59
  7. "In The Event" - 7:42


  • Katrin (drums, vocals)
  • Terrie (guitar)
  • Andy (guitar)
  • Rozemarie (acoustic bass, vocals)
  • G.W. Sok (vocals)