Rain To Rust Returns With Collaborative Single, ‘Dead Violets Night’

Following on from albums, ‘Flowers Of Doubt’ (2019) and ‘Stillborn Flowers’ (2020), Mert Yıldız – otherwise known as RAIN TO RUST – has join forces with artist N.L.P for single, ‘Dead Violets Night.’

The song is a rewriting of a song off Rain To Rust’s ‘Stillborn Flowers’ album: new instrumentation, new lyrics and a new approach. It’s built on analog synth lines and the vocal interplay between two artists with Peter Hook-laden bass leads on top. The result is a catchy and modernised version of a sound that harkens back to a time where Post-Punk bands decided to move into electronica waters.

Rain To Rust is the brainchild of former Dead Man’s Dream and Rhythm 0 guitarist, whereas N.L.P. is the moniker of Istanbul-based Matt Loftin. Since playing with Housing Crash & Foton Kusagi, he’s decided to move into Post-Punk territory – so far he has released three singles.

Although both acts are focusing on their own releases for 2021, ‘Dead Violets Night’ may be the first in line of a series of collaborations…have a listen to the single below…

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Albums Of 2020

NEW LEASE MUSIC presents Top Ten Albums of 2020. Each album/EP on the list demonstrates the artists/acts’ undeniable ability of pushing the boundaries in hip-hop, R&B, punk rock and folk music. So hang around and check out these top albums at your leisure.

Be sure to look out for NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Songs of 2020, coming out later today.

10. FLYMIX VOL.1 – FLY VON

9. TIME I GOT GOIN’ – HOUSE ABOVE THE SUN

8. DREAM TEAM: A STOKELY HATHAWAY JOINT – GRIFF/SCORCESE

7. ALMANAC – NERU THEE FOURTH FUGEE

6. STILLBORN FLOWERS – RAIN TO RUST

5. BEATS AND PIECES: VOLUME TWO – JOSHUA LUKE SMITH

4. MUSE – ASTHA TAMANG-MASKEY

3. T.H.B – tHbENJ

 

2. The Silence vol. 1 – BLESSIN F

1. bad – ricco barrino

 

 

 

Album Review: Stillborn Flowers – Rain To Rust

Mert Yıldız, the brainchild behind project RAIN TO RUST, continues to provide – and I quote from the man himself: ‘miserable music for miserable people’ – through his latest album, ‘Stillborn Flowers’.

Showcasing hazy and downtempo post-punk, which occasionally takes on the most sinister form of Darkwave (listen to ‘Died’ and ‘Dead Violets Night’) and 90s-style German Gothic rock influences (in ‘Marbled Sunlight’), ‘Stillborn Flowers’ also features remixes of singles (For When It Hurts, A Farewell With Regret and Time and Time Again) from previous album, ‘Flowers Of Doubt’ (2019). Originally an easy listening combo of soft pop/rock spanning of the 80’s, arguably similar to the seductive styling of Bryan Ferry, ‘For When It Hurts’ (TSU Remix) adopts a crisply light electro-pop tones, possessing the same tranquil tempo of the original.

With ‘Stillborn Flowers, Rain To Rust doesn’t fall short of filling the gap for those who yearn for the post-punk/new wave era. He also potentially leave his fans wanting more with dishing up something new with the remixes. Well I, for one, is left hanging for more as I now see him more than just a figurehead of the underground post punk/rock scene in his native Turkey.

Have a listen to ‘Stillborn Flowers below….

Must Listen: Died, Dead Violets Night, For When It Hurts (TSU remix)

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.

New Music Video: Lessons From My Baba – Tayfun

Capturing the bond between both father and son, TAYFUN pays homage to Father’s Day by releasing the visuals for his latest single ‘Lessons From My Baba’ via Link Up TV. Delivering an ode to his Father,TAYFUN constructs a personal and honest reflection of how his father made him the man who he is today.

Embracing his roots, not only through the relationship between himself and his father, he goes back to his motherland Turkey to film the stunning scenic backdrop to the video. His culture and heritage play a poignant role in his music and both ‘Lessons From My Baba’ and his debut single ‘Figo’ are shining examples of that.

The Slvng Major-produced number infuses a piano-laced instrumental with a heavy beat that accommodates the rich sounds of the Saz guitar. ‘Lessons From My Baba’ acts as the foreground of where both western and eastern musical influences merge together and create a hybrid that plays on different cultural elements.

2017 has facilitated great growth for TAYFUN, having dropped his debut ‘Figo’ two months ago it has cultivated over 150,000 views. ‘Lessons From My Baba’ delves into a more personal follow-up and demonstrates his strengths both as a songwriter and stylistically as a rapper.

Catch the full video below.