Nostalgia is a dangerous thing. It can be a moment of clarity that warms the soul via a transitory song, scent or sensation. However, it can also be a place where we resort to when escaping that which seems impossible. A return to a happier prison than a contemporary struggle. I am pleased to say that Black Fly is certainly the former.
With that in mind, is it just me or does that opening drone remind anyone of the beginning “start-up” noise from the old school, original Playstation? If you’re like me, then you’ll be almost taken aback by its rise into chillwave electric piano chords and disparate percussion. Whoever dropped this in my inbox must have known I’ve been in a mad 80s trip at the moment as the bass kicks in with a Smooth Criminal inspired riff line.
The track blends these nostalgic imprint with a smooth override of lyrical weaving, in which the vocals drift through the various rhythms prevalent in the track. For just over 3 minutes long, it’s almost incredible how “Dipped” manages to swing itself through the vibes of the ballad, anthem, chillwave track and dancefloor filler.
Described as gothic bedroom elctronica, Black Fly, for me, is more of a purveyor of nostalgic influence. Instead of making 70s, 80s, 90s, inspired tracks, the music is dragged from context into a void filled with the lush undulating textures that recall a moment in passing before moving to be replaced by something else vaguelgy familiar.
Mixed by David Tolomei (Beach House, Future Islands, Dirty Projectors), the track is out for streaming now so get your ears on it!