From the first time I heard Com Truise’s Galactic Melt I was hooked on Seth Haley’s sound. Even though there’s a little over decade that separates Mr. Haley and myself age-wise, it’s as if he was riding a BMX bike along side me down the county road I lived on to the nearby convenience store in 1985. It’s like he had a pocketful of quarters as well so he could play Tron and Pole Position, grab a handful of Nerds, a Mountain Dew, then head back to the house to watch Knight Rider and recorded episodes of Dungeons & Dragons.
Even though Haley would’ve been probably been in utero on that bike ride in real life, he seems to have locked into the sonic sounds of the 80s that soundtracked everything from sci fi films, to underground music, to TV commercials. Com Truise is like a time machine that leads back to the dawn of the latchkey generation, and I can’t get enough of it.
From Galactic Melt, In Decay, and his most recent LP Iteration, to several EPs and singles, Seth Haley has been constantly evolving the sound of Com Truise since he first premiered the moniker in 2010. The thru line in the sound are the heavy beats and crushing synth lines, but with each successive release he seems to hone the sound and bring it in a little closer to something more personal to him.
On May 17th, 2019 Com Truise will drop the new mini-LP Persuasion System, and if lead single “Existence Schematic” is any indication that process of refining and honing continues. The track has a certain exuberance to it. It bangs and bustles like a good Com Truise track does, but there’s a real upbeat quality in the synth lines and driving rhythm that wasn’t as apparent on the haunted Iteration from 2017.
According to Com Truise’s Bandcamp page:
The project began as an experiment. Haley switched digital audio workstations, rebuilt his palette of sounds, and tasked himself with simply trying it out. The exercise freed him of expectations and permitted a process that echoed the tones of more immediate external environments. A gravity had seeped in; resulting material shifts between bleakness and sublime suspense, awe at the expanse of existing, in looking back and letting go. “It’s a sort of sad smile and a wave goodbye but at the same time hello, a ‘welcome to your life’ moment,” Haley says.
With mini-LP Persuasion System, Haley leaves the past narrative behind, settling into a new period marked by change — on this planet, in the present — putting forth his most grounded and visceral work to date.
Persuasion System drops May 17th, 2019 on Ghostly International. Check out the excellent “Existence Schematic” below and preorder the album here in whatever flavor you like.