A growing sliver of light slices through the hangar doors above that steadily slide open, cutting the darkness and illuminating a control panel laid out in front of you. Blinking colored lights canvas the panel, resembling the sky above, overflowing with stars, planets, and countless other galactic bodies. Your ship roars to life, just as you notice the individual sitting in the co-pilot’s seat next to you. Is his skin… shiny? The ship blasts through the massive doors . . .
Music doesn’t necessarily have to convey any kind of emotion. A song needs only to present a compelling sonic illustration, whether it be imagery or an implied narrative. Something needs to be happening, and if an artist can transport the listener into whatever that action may be, the battle is won. Silicon Tare is the newest release from NY-native, LA-transplanted producer Seth Haley, known fondly as Com Truise.
Haley crafts a distinct strain of electronic music, which he calls “mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk.” This particular style invokes the spirit of the 80s without succumbing to pastiche, a tightrope walk that many fall victim to, yet Haley completely owns. He utilizes a multitude of glossy synthesizers to create everything, from acidic basslines to sunburnt lead melodies that frolic on top of his tastefully bombastic drums.
The quote “music is the sound of emotions” doesn’t really apply here, as the producer is entirely committed to an alternative narrative: a story about the first robotic astronaut and its travels through the boundless universe. Listening to this record, listeners can envision themselves sitting right next to the lead character, soaking in the action and the galactic sights. If you’re seeking glossy synthesizer funk, this album is for you.
– stasi (@stasisphere)