Review: Com Truise - Silicon Tare

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 at 11:21 PM
Review: Com Truise - Silicon Tare by Britton Rozzelle

LA and Princeton-based producer Seth Healy, known in the graphic design and music world as Com Truise, has released his latest in his retro-futuristic saga that begun with 2014’s “Wave 1.” Much like that album, “Silicon Tare” has a lot of style under each note, but not as much substance as some of his previous works that have felt more grounded and well-produced.

“Sunspot” is a blinding introduction to the EP, and sounds as close as one could probably get to the music that may play in a mall in 2025 (if the 80’s-retro thing really takes hold). It’s a bubbly, synth-filled track that sets the mood well, if nothing else.

“Forgive” blasts listeners into a rhythmic neon-soaked landscape, with deep bass, popping melodies and a sense of style that only Com Truise songs seem to have. “Diffraction,” the song that the EP was announced with, returns immediately after but doesn’t do much to remain interesting or unique- a criticism I had of it when it launched.

The title track, “Silicon Tare,” is very much the standout song on the album. It has everything a strong electronic-track has, while remaining interesting and without falling into repetition like many of them can. It takes the criticisms I had for previous songs and almost instantaneously answered for them with a track that proves Healy’s mastery behind the board.

“du Zirconia,” the final track, is fun, energetic and raucous, and has a punchiness to the beat that makes it all encompassing for its runtime. It’s a great ender to this five song album, and one that I appreciated thoroughly.

Overall, “Silicon Tare” is more of the same from Com Truise. It’s electronic, retro-futuristic music that is coated in a thick layer of nostalgia, 80’s longing and synthesizers. You probably already know if you like it by that description alone, but I recommend this album to someone (a fan of electronic music specifically) looking to try something new.

“Silicon Tare” is out now through Ghostly International, and streaming on Spotify.

Britton Rozzelle is The Arts Editor for The Spectator and he can be reached

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