New York-born, Los Angeles-based producer Seth Haley produces "slow-motion funk" -- warped, bass-heavy tracks that are sludgy but leavened with bright synthesizer melodies -- under the name Com Truise. Using an arsenal of analog and digital synths, his music blends new wave and cinematic influences with sophisticated downtempo beat patterns. Touring and releasing music frequently, he's found favor among fans of synthwave, chillwave, and indie electronic. Beginning with 2010's Cyanide Sisters, his increasingly wide-screen releases followed the saga of a "synthetic astronaut" named Com Truise. While the saga ended with 2017's Iteration, Haley continued using the moniker, returning with Persuasion System in 2019. Aside from his main releases, he's also drawn from his extensive archive of early productions for 2012's In Decay and 2020's In Decay, Too. Com Truise's first release was the 2010 EP Cyanide Sisters, issued digitally through AMDISCS. Ghostly International gave it a proper release in January 2011 and added four tracks. Two months later, Ghostly issued Haley's Fairlight, a three-track digital release, which acted as a teaser for the full-length Galactic Melt. When the album came out in June 2011, Haley had remixed several artists, including Neon Indian ("Sleep Paralysist"), Twin Shadow ("Castles in the Snow"), and Daft Punk ("Encom, Pt. 2"). The download-only In Decay, a compilation of previously unreleased material, was released by Ghostly in July 2012. A month later, he was part of Adult Swim's Singles Program with the download-only track "Chemical Legs." After a handful of remixes, including work for Sally Shapiro ("What Can I Do") and Bloodgroup ("Mysteries Undone"), Wave 1, another colorful EP, was released on Ghostly in February 2014. In Decay was given a vinyl issue later in the year. Com Truise returned in 2016 with a new EP, Silicon Tare, and the following year he issued his second official album, Iteration. More refined than his previous works, the release was touted as the final chapter in the Com Truise saga. He remained active, however, and after switching up his workstation a bit, he resumed activity with Persuasion System in 2019. In Decay, Too, a further set of early, non-album cuts from Haley's vaults, was released in 2020.
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Electronic - Released May 17, 2019 | Ghostly International
2017's Iteration was supposedly the end of the Com Truise saga, but the project itself continued with 2019's Persuasion System mini-album. Seth Haley switched up his equipment and worked on capturing some new sounds, but the results still fit the overall feel of his previous work. "Wordline" opens with woozy textures and a submerged computer voice, not dissimilar to Com Truise's past releases. However, other moments on the album are both mellower and more subdued. "Gaussian" begins with rolling storm clouds and continues with Ulrich Schnauss-like synth pads and ethereal pianos, ending with a warped explosion. "Ultrafiche of You" is Haley at his most unabashedly sentimental, with a slow, swaying beat embellished with ticking hi-hats, and heartfelt melodies rippling into choppy waves. If any Com Truise track would prompt the audience to reach for their lighters at one of his shows, this would be it. "Kontex" continues the balance of slow, back-and-forth melodies and sophisticated beats, while "Existence Schematic" is more of a burst of sunshine, with fast, jittery LinnDrums and richer, gauzier synth pads. Following the starry synth drama of "Privilege Escalation," the release ends on a surprising note with "Departure," a Twin Peaks-worthy atmospheric outro with New Order-esque bass guitar, revisiting the often overlooked post-punk influence present throughout Com Truise's work. Persuasion System signals a bit of a different approach for Haley, but not so much that it will alienate anyone who enjoyed his earlier releases. © Paul Simpson /TiVo