Friday, September 30, 2011


Think about Tom Cruise and what he's all about. Now flip that concept upside down and you will have the enchanting music of Com Truise (one of the many pseudonyms of New Jersey designer/musician Seth Haley).
The nostalgia bit inevitably comes up, so let's get that out of the way. Yes, his songs tap classic sci-fi and proto-electro in a way that is distinctly early eighties in scope. But they're also remarkably weird—stutter-step proggy and intoxicatingly psychedelic, like those classic touchstones got drunk on lava lamp juice inside a pinball machine. After his well-received Cyanide Sisters EP, a grip of remixes for artists like Twin Shadow, Neon Indian, and, uh, Daft Punk, and a few floating MP3s, Truise's first LP, Galactic Melt, has finally entered brainspaces this summer.
Hence the fully blown-out treatment for "Brokendate," which rolls everything from eighties cop noir to Blade Runner retro-futurism to slo-mo Hype Williams nods into one five-minute world unto itself.

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