Album Review: Flowers Of Doubt – Rain To Dust

A hazy melodic theme, heavily influenced by post punk of the early 1980’s, runs throughout Mert Yıldız’s  – aka RAIN TO DUST –  debut album, ‘Flowers Of Doubt’. Beyond buttery soundscapes, it’s very safe to say that the lyrics are far from melodic….

Every song on the album revolve around how fear brings a need for dependence which consequently breeds more fear, eventually pushing the human being into a shell of personal dogmas and psychological routines that he/she will probably end up dying within.

Introducing the eight-track album is title track, ‘Flowers Of Doubt’, which was inspired by the suicide attack that took place in İstiklal Street, Taksim, İstanbul in March 26th, 2016. The cover photo which was taken in Taksim, in the exact same spot, roughly 2 years after the event.

‘Drinking The Ghosts’, carries the themes of fear and doubt with a story that was inspired by Mika Kaurismaki’s ‘Zombie And The Ghost Train’. It is about the downward spiral of an alcoholic who eventually finds relief from shame in death.

Taking its title from an Osamu Dazai novel, ‘A Farewell With Regret’ is about two people having a one night stand and deciding to hide their true feelings from each other out of fear of emotional rejection. Musically, it references Funk influenced bands of British New Wave with its groovy rhythm, funky electric guitar licks and vocal harmonies.

After several listens, ‘Flowers of Doubt’ becomes a brutally honest production but, at times, I cannot help but feel a agree of empathy to the easily relatable stories featured. It’s worth a trial; have a listen below…

Must Listens: Flowers Of Doubt, Drinking The Ghosts, A Farewell With Regret For When It Hurts.

Blackbird Blackbird Shares ‘Myself’ Single

Prominent LA-based producer BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD‘s newest single ‘Myself’, sees him expanding his chillwave leanings into the sonic territories of Synthwave and boasts mixing credits by Mike Marsh (New Order, Porter Robinson, The Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack, Depeche Mode).

Speaking of the track he comments: “It’s a self-deprecating darkwave song about me coming to terms with my faults and shortcomings to help people understand why I can be an asshole,” he says, laughing good-naturedly.

‘Myself’ follows tracks, ‘Hawaii’ and ‘Pure’ both topped the Hype Machine charts, and he has twice been Hype Machine’s most blogged artist. Hailing from ‘Hawaii’, BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD – named after the famous Beatles song ‘Blackbird’ –  has racked up over 62 million Spotify plays, over 8.1 Million Soundcloud plays, nearly 12 million Youtube streams.

‘Myself’ is out now via his own imprint Blackbird Blackbird Records and is lifted from his latest album ‘Hearts’, released last month.

Liam Phelan Goes ‘Far Away’ In His Latest Single

Londoner LIAM PHELAN delivers another irresistibly hazy fusion of neo-soul/hip-hop, adding a lick of some rock riffs through his latest single, ‘Far Away.’

following single, ‘Khao San Road’, released earlier this year, ‘Far Away’ is from Liam’s second EP, ‘Finding Love Over Wealth’ out this Friday (1st November).

Check it out below…

Zinnia Delivers Stunning Single ‘Requiem’ For Her Father

Frontwoman Rachael Cardiello – from five-piece pop art rock group ZINNIA –  spent most of her twenties processing her dad’s death, an experience which emotionally toughen her up.

She explains: “In some ways, I feel like I processed it so fully that I grew a thick callus around the part of the loss that was very raw and fragile. At times I’ve resented the tough skin which was necessary to get through that hard time.”

To mark the ten year anniversary of his death, the Toronto-based singer/songwriter wrote ‘Requiem’ on the plane ride home to Montana. Described as a significant milestone, the single also serves as the singer’s curiosity to see how her grief would change.

‘Requiem’ is taken from the group’s debut full-length, ‘Sensations in Two Dot’, set for release on 22nd November. The nine-track project focuses on moments of doubt and probes into the complex, unsettling similarities found in the human experience.

Check out ‘Requiem’ below…

Song of the Day: BTWLD – Broox

Delightfully blending R&B, electronica, and indie-pop, Brooklyn-based artist BROOX, graces the blog’s limelight for the first time with ‘B T W L D’, taken from her latest feel-good two -track EP titled ‘Over Easy’.

The latest project marks an evolution in BROOX’s artistry since her 2018 debut ‘Out / Through’, showcasing her newfound confidence in her more R&B-leaning sound.

Showing love to someone you care deeply for, ‘B T W L D’ is make it to today’s hot spot for its instantly lucid boom-bap and neo-soul vibe.

Since her inception, Brooklyn-based BROOX has gained 380K+ Spotify streams and press support from the likes of We Found New Music, Qweerist, and Go Magazine (100 Women We Love: Class of 2018 feature).

Well here’s your chance to sample her yourself: have a listen to ‘B T W L D’ – and while you’re at it, check out the B-side, ‘She’s Been Listening’, a song for the outcasts, the weirdos, the ones who got picked on when they were young.

‘Over Easy’ EP is now available on all download/streaming sites.