After releasing his personal debut “Anti-Sober” album last year, Türküm has built a reputation on making music that is both sonically pleasing and personally poignant.
Such is the case with his new “Heartbreak and Regrets” LP, an eight-track journey into two of humanity’s most complex emotions. Divided into two parts, the LP nonetheless tells a story through a melodic, bass-driven style that, like Türküm himself, can’t be stuck in a genre box.
The cinematic opening track “Maverick” signals to the listener that they’re tuned into something big and those dark bass elements continue into the vocal track “Wait for Me,” with lyrics that evoke a wistful hopefulness. “Games” follows along in the same vein, with reverberating basslines and distorted male vocals this time, while “As Long As I Got” brings with it an urban, dancefloor-friendly vibe. The delicate melodies of the interlude “Prayers” open the door for Türküm’s most melodic productions of his body of work, “Killing My Dream” and “Running Through My Mind.” He ventures into new sound territory here with expert prowess, creating soundscapes that are both dark and light at once. “Nightrider” concludes the LP with the most techno influence we hear on the album, featuring a driving bassline with swarming synths that leave you begging for a dancefloor. Türküm has once again managed to make a masterpiece with “Heartbreak and Regrets,” capturing a spectrum of both emotions and musical styles. Read on for detailed information about this talented artist’s inspiration behind the new album:
“My heart fills up with joy when I meet the diehard fans of my music. One of the kids that I once met asked if he could talk to me privately, and told me that my music changed his life, and wanted a picture as a memory. When moments like that occur, I look back and thank everyone who led me to where I am today. Having people message me from across the world puts a smile on my face. The messages they sent resonate with me so well, that I really feel that they mean every single word they type out to me.” – Türküm on the “Heartbreak” part of the album
“The regret side of the album has many feelings built into it. Everyone does regret some choices and mistakes they’ve made in their lives, and when it hits you at your low point, it really hurts. I get messages saying I’m wasting my time and potential on the wrong side of the globe. I feel like an outcast in Turkey, been living here for the last 6 years, and the cultural difference is crazy. I was born in Greece and grew up in Canada, Lebanon, and Germany. I’ve been intertwined with different cultures and communities, growing up in different countries constantly shows you how complex the world is.” – Türküm on the “Regrets” part of the album
Turkish indie artist Türküm may be a relative newcomer, but he’s quickly established a commendable reputation based on the quality and production style. Though he has kept his branding and imagery minimalist and enigmatic, his atmospheric and often dark and ominous sound have proved to impress both fans and tastemakers from a myriad of genres. Türküm’s music has been signed to Elysian Records and Lowly Palace and frequents some of Spotify’s biggest playlists, including Mint, Trap Mojitos, Fresh Electronic, and the infamous Beast Mode. Follow this mysterious maestro on Spotify and social media to keep up to date with more sinister-yet-groovy tunes coming soon!