Agaric Fly - Starless [Reverb Worship - 2016]Agaric Fly in the new doom drone project from New York based experimental artists /maker-noise Robert Meldrum. Over the years Iíve enjoy many of Robertís releases over his few project, in particular his grim walled noise project Unearthered, or his horror-fed harsh noise meets wall-noise project Corpse Candle. So when I saw this was out, and Robert was trying something a little different I was very keen to hear it
Starless is seemingly the first release from the project, and it comes in the form of a nine track CDR. Each of the tracks run between just over a minute to nearing ten, and Iíd say you call what we have here is instrumental guitar based doom drone- with flavours of indie guitar drone, some slight experimental guitar scaping & subtle synth elements, and the odd blacked Ďní crawling black metal edges. Each of the tracks here are based mainly around fairly thin guitar drone sound, which plays over & over the same repetitive melody line though-out each track. At times it almost sounds like this is literally just first take recordings, as this is mostly very stripped, sparse & lo-fi in itís feel.
And Iím sorry to say the whole thing did little or nothing for me- I guess it doesnít help Iím not the greatest fan of this rather one-dimensional type of doom/ drone sound. And something from this genre really has to stand-out, be a little different, or unusually to really pull me in. And Iím afraid to say Starless just feels very run-of-the-mill, & drab(in a bad way)
I think if it wasnít for Robertís involvement, and Iíd played this blind I would have doubted if Iíd have got past a second play through. But as it was I did persevere with it & played it a few more times, but ultimately itís just not for meÖ.itís certainly not the worse Iíve heard of this type of thing, then again itís nothing special either. Really if you enjoy this genre, then maybe check out a few tracks, and see if you digÖotherwise just move on.Roger Batty