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Electro - Released June 16, 2017 | Ghostly International

Iteration is only the second proper full-length from Com Truise, and according to mastermind Seth Haley, it's the conclusion of the story line that began with 2011's Galactic Melt, involving a robot astronaut who falls in love while serving time on a battle mission. East Coast native Haley composed Iteration as he was settling into his new life in Los Angeles, and the album mirrors his own emotions and experiences as well as those of the Com Truise character. As with 2016 EP Silicon Tare, Iteration seems much clearer and more defined than the hazy, lo-fi synth funk of earlier Com Truise releases. The EP contained more uptempo tracks than usual for him, and it seemed to be the ideal soundtrack for intergalactic battle scenes. Iteration generally returns to the midtempo range, and doesn't seem quite as busy as the previous EP. Not that Com Truise's work has ever seemed cluttered, but this album seems significantly airier. While Iteration is fit for a day spent lounging by the pool as much as any other Com Truise release, it's anything but lazy. Even when the glittery melodies and booming beats have a slow-motion sway to them, they seem heavily detailed and considered. On a few occasions, a scrambled female computer voice makes an appearance, providing glimpses of what one can assume is the Com Truise character's object of affection and inspiration. A few songs, especially "Memory," feature Ibiza-ready melodies that would've popped up in tracks by progressive trance producers such as Paul van Dyk once upon a time, but they manage to sound fresh in this context. Others, such as "Vacuume," sound instantly familiar as Com Truise songs, yet there are enough added flourishes (bigger bass swerves, dreamier synth textures) that they don't sound like he's repeating himself. With Iteration, Haley has retained all of the qualities that made Com Truise so appealing while blowing everything up into a higher resolution than before. If this is truly the end of the Com Truise saga, then it's the project's definitive release. ~ Paul Simpson
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Electro - Released July 16, 2012 | Ghostly International

Bedroom electronic producer Seth Haley's neon electro-pop tracks made under the Com Truise moniker first surfaced to wide acclaim in early releases like his critically lauded 2011 debut, Galactic Melt. His sci-fi synth melodies and warped VHS tape production were decided throwbacks to forgotten corners of '80s pop culture, evoking grainy memories of early video games and funky soundtracks from diet soda commercials. In Decay gathers together 13 tracks recorded well before Haley's widely distributed early work as Com Truise and presents a slightly rougher-around-the-edges vision of the same sound. Highlights include the icy computeristic funk of "Klymaxx" and the slowly propulsive staggered rhythms of "Data Kiss." ~ Fred Thomas
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Electro - Released June 14, 2011 | Ghostly International

Galactic Melt is Seth Haley's first album of all-new material for Ghostly International, following the label’s expanded reissue of Cyanide Sisters and a three-track single. It offers more bent fusions of synth funk, synth pop, and Italo disco -- hypnotically torpid, bass-heavy instrumentals that tend to be as tautly constructed as pop songs. As with Cyanide Sisters, there are no obvious highlights or low points. The moods the tracks evoke range from creeping menace to a kind of bewildered joy (the latter typically whenever gleaming synthesizer melodies are in play). Like fellow travelers Games/Ford & Lopatin, Haley’s output can be enjoyed in one-track doses or complete immersion, and it often inspires YouTube users to upload unofficial videos incorporating fuzzy, dreamlike images from early- to mid-‘80s television and film clips. ~ Andy Kellman
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Electro - Released April 1, 2016 | Ghostly International

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. The Silicon Tare EP sounds like it's gearing up for intergalactic space battle, with faster, more urgent tempos than any previous Com Truise release. It's also his most technologically advanced recording to date, doing without the hazy, grainy textures he's become known for, and shooting for a high definition sound. These five tracks are busy and detailed while still managing to feel relaxed and at ease. He doesn't sound tense or angry here, he's just more excited and vibrant. The songs still use the types of neon synth tones and Prince-esque drum machines that have always been present in his work, but here they seemed more bent on futuristic expression rather than retro pastiche. The EP's star-struck title track is the only selection with a slower tempo, and it feels like a slo-mo love scene. Considering how reliable Com Truise has become at delivering a certain mood with each release, it's a little bit alarming how much more focused and ambitious this one is -- and it's just an EP! Silicon Tare is an exciting warm-up for the epic conclusion to the Com Truise story. ~ Paul Simpson
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Electro - Released January 25, 2011 | Ghostly International

Originally an EP before re-release as an album-length collection thanks to a slew of bonus tracks, Cyanide Sisters finds Com Truise making a kind of heavy, moody '80s electronic dance -- and that's less retro than might be thought. Instead of the party-hearty impulses of Justice or what became American dubstep, Com Truise's instrumental creations are slower-paced, geared toward moodiness that feels like an endless jumble of signifiers -- AOR pomp into teen melodrama into elegant proto-industrial stomp. Songs like "Sundriped," with its sweet synth bursts of shimmering echoes over indrawn android breaths and New Order-ish bass, and "Iwywaw," scraps of spoken word sound echoing amidst a clattering beat and a quietly anthemic melody, are all wonderful, very tactile listening experiences in their impact. The downside is the fairly one-note feel -- having established the basic approach early in the release, little variety follows, however wonderful each song sounds in isolation. It's a strong starting point regardless, at once something seemingly perfectly obvious and, in practice, requiring someone actually to put in the effort to make it all work. ~ Ned Raggett
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Electro - Released February 17, 2014 | Ghostly International

After the 2011 release of Galactic Melt, Seth Haley compiled previously unreleased Com Truise material for In Decay, broadened his résumé of remix work, and contributed to the Adult Swim Singles Program. His half-hour Wave 1 EP supplies more of the robust, wide-eyed synth pop/funk for which he has been known, albeit with a few slight tweaks. It leads with "Wasat," a too-brief sliver of an introduction at two minutes, which nonetheless leaves an instant and lasting impression. "Mind" jitters and careens with delightfully flickering melodies but is relatively uneventful compared to "Declination," where Joel Ford (of Ford & Lopatin) drops in with his best impression of super-sweet Cupid & Psyche 85-era Green Gartside. "Subsonic" skillfully juggles alluring downcast tones and creeping nervous tension. The edginess carries through the occasionally frantic and jumbled-up percussion within "Valis Called (Control)" and "Miserere Mei." The title track, which ends the program, begins like a closing theme but, like a restless younger sibling to Sam Grawe/Hatchback, Haley throws in some peppy and zipping synthesizer lines that dart throughout clustered percussion. ~ Andy Kellman
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Electro - Released March 5, 2019 | Ghostly International

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Electro - Released August 8, 2017 | Ghostly International

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Electro - Released September 6, 2011 | Ghostly International

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Electro - Released April 10, 2019 | Ghostly International

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Electro - To be released May 17, 2019 | Ghostly International

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