Blackfly: I Don’t Know

Samedi Records


Out now

Louder than War’s Ioan Humphreys gets hooked and intrigued by the mysterious and elusive sounds of Vermont’s Blackfly 

Black Fly hails from the backwoods of Vermont and makes gothic synth music from his bedroom. As a one man band living isolated surrounded by a vast area of woodland scattered across mountains covered in snow, ‘I Don’t Know’ already has the influence to make this debut strange and captivating. And being mixed by David Tolomei (Beach House, Future Islands, Dirty Projectors), this also has the pedigree to go with it.

Laid back ‘drunken’ vocals introduce us to Blackfly’s debut. A lovely analog sounding synth backs the vocals before they are practically isolated in the mix for the first verse. Suddenly a really nice insistent electronic beat combines with the louche vocal delivery to make a gorgeous cocktail that is both danceable and intriguing. The melodies and chord changes Blackfly is able to produce and the euphoric chorus that dips and soars is very sumptuous as it all melds together perfectly.

And before you realise what has happened, the track ends and you really are left waiting for more. Not much is known about Blackfly, but i certainly look forward to what he comes up with next.

Blackfly can be found on his Soundcloud.

Words by Ioan Humphreys. More writing by Ioan can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find him on Twitter at @ioan_humphreys.

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