Mushrooms are having a moment. From Bjork to RAMZi, from academic monographs to Netflix documentaries, we seem to be living in a moment of fungal obsession. And it makes sense. Mushrooms feel like an appropriate metaphor for our present moment. They are one of the few life forms that are capable of starting afresh even in seemingly impossible conditions. They are, in other words, an excellent Ur-trope for all of us living in a world catering closer to the brink.

The latest artist to enter the musical mushroom archives is Brian d'Souza, a.k.a. Auntie Flo. Originally written for an art performance at Glastonbury last year, Mycorrhizal Fungi sees d'Souza playing with what he calls "biosonification," a process where the electric impulses emitted from four different mushrooms turn into musical notes. Even without that bit of contextual information, there is something deeply fungal about the tracks on the record. Each song moves laterally across the stereo field, like the hyphae—those wild root-like parts of mushrooms that dart in infinite directions underneath the earth.

The resulting record is a cautiously beautiful composition of textural electronics. The vibrating arpeggio at the center of "Reishi" quivers in and out of focus like a blurry Polaroid; on "Lion's Mane," a haunted whistle duets with a synth. "Portal for a Faerie" is the record's most fragile track. It’s 16 minutes of string crescendos, synthetic swirls, and the occasional undulating chord pattern. It’s a symphony fitting for the resilient poetics of fungi.