CD: Agnisvet 
Ltd x 277
Edge Of The Sky
Thawing In A Fog
Wood Lonely Autumn
Rest And Silence
Spirit Of The Strange
Circle Of A Lonely Tree
‘C’ word still holds an abhorrence to many people. No matter
how broadminded they may appear if you utter it you will see them visibly
shake. I’m not talking about ‘cunt’. Shit…I use
that word all the cuntting time in front of everyone and no-one bats an
eyelid. Oh no. The word is…whisper it now…‘cult’.
Some cults are good. Some are very bad. The cult that makes you drink
poisoned ‘kool aid’ in a compound is a bad cult. A cult that
makes you believe you’ll follow in the trail of comet up to Heaven
if you top yourself is a bad cult. But the ‘cult’ word covers
many different bases and associations. There are cult films, books and
music to name but a few. These are good cults. The question that needs
to be asked is: how exactly do you get elevated to cult status within
the music industry?
There are certain criteria that needs to be met before you can safely
join this elitist club so let’s see if Staruha Mha ticks all the
right boxes to justify their inclusion to cult dom. Firstly no-one should
have heard of you. Tick. Nor for that matter should have any of your friends
or family. Tick. It helps to have a strange name. Tick. Being foreign
also helps. Tick. A search of the internet should preferably reveal nothing
about you. Tick. You shouldn’t have had any major exposure to the
mass media in any form. Tick. Your releases should be very limited thus
improving your anonymous presence. Tick. Most importantly your music should
only appeal to the minority and not the majority. Tick. Congratulations
Staruha Mha. You are officially inaugurated into cult hood.
"Fires" is 12 tracks of experimental / ambient soundscapes that
flits seamlessly between those two genres with some aplomb. The heady
mix of atmospheric electronics, coupled with assorted blips and bleeps,
and some treated vocals works exceedingly well creating an at times uneasy
listening experience without straying into an all out noise assault. There
are passages of tranquil beauty spread throughout the recording that are
quietly meditative in structure inducing a dreamlike state for the listener
to lose themselves in. You could call it blackest ambient withan edge.
"Fires" is a thrilling and exhilarating musical journey that
twists and turns all over the place but is never boring or stale.
Of course limiting your release to only 277 copies means the music will
never receive the accolades it so richly deserves and only the chosen
ones who searched it out will be able to fully appreciate and bathe in
the glow it produces. That’s what happens when you’re a cult.
Loved by the few. Ignored by the rest. So it was meant to be.