Release Date: Apr 1, 2016
Record label: Ghostly International
Genre(s): Electronic, Indie Electronic, Chillwave
Com Truise's summery synth-funk generally excludes vocals, so it might not immediately be apparent that his releases, starting with 2011 full-length Galactic Melt, have followed a sci-fi story arc. The Com Truise saga is centered around a synthetic astronaut sent from Earth to the distant Wave 1 colony. By the end of 2014's Wave 1 EP, he's reached the colony, but then the story starts to heat up, as he falls in love, and a war is imminent.
Are there casualties in the thinkpiece economy? For every forgotten microgenre in the ceaseless proliferation of accelerated cultural capital, there’ve certainly been a lot of content creators. Bands associated with each movement, blogs pinned with a genre — the critical world is built on the backbone of spinning trends, fickle tastes, and changing consumer climates that at times used to feel endless. Whether we like it or not, the rise of internet democracy has naturally brought an unprecedented cultural saturation that, when paired with the increasing speed of critical opinion on the web, feels like it collapses in on itself every few years.
Within the ever-shifting creative parameters of electronic music making, Com Truise’s Seth Haley shows a remarkable commitment to consistency. The Silicon Tare EP is Haley’s latest advancement toward perfecting a narrow brand of retro house beat music that he’s made his specialty over the last several years of releases on acclaimed indie label Ghostly International. As chillwave fades further from relevance and many of Haley’s independent contemporaries turn to their jazz influences, hip-hop, and various veins of modern techno, Haley remains an almost over-reliable constant.
Continuing his fruitful relationship with Ghostly International, L. A. -based producer Seth Haley offers up the next (and supposedly penultimate) chapter in the sonic adventures of his fictional space explorer Com Truise on Silicon Tare.
As Com Truise, Los Angeles-transplanted producer Seth Haley uses a narrow palette, but it works on a remarkable variety of canvases. Early EPs such as 2010's Cyanide Sisters and 2011's Fairlight introduced a project devoted to spacey slow-funk synth excursions with a whiff of ’80s nostalgia— an approach Haley continued on Com Truise's 2011 fine debut LP, Galactic Melt, and 2013's rarities grab bag In Decay. Over the years, though, this "Com Truise sound" has seemed equally suited to remixes for pop stars like Charli XCX or Maroon 5 as well as for Ghostly International labelmate Tycho.
New Jersey’s Seth Haley sci-fi synth aficionado has returned with a five-track prelude to the last chapter of his Com Truise odyssey, Silicon Tare. The EP forms the third part of his sci-fi concept, following the odyssey of the character Com Truise — the world’s first synthetic astronaut — which began with the debut record Galactic Melt back in 2011 (although second release In Decay was not included in this narrative, being more of a compilation of older material and rarities). At the end of 2014’s Wave 1 EP the space-age explorer reaches a simulacrum of planet Earth and makes contact with its native Wave 1 colony.