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Com Truise – Galactic Melt (Ghostly International)

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Com Truise - Galactic Melt

by Scott Creney

Great album title. It does in two words what’s going to take me at least a hundred.

Com Truise traffics in a similar form of 80s nostalgia as the recently-savaged-by-Collapse-Board Washed Out, but the similarities end there.  If electronic music is always, ultimately, about the sound, Com Truise never forgets to fill the record with endlessly glorious sounds — textures to lose yourself in. If Washed Out communicates in colors, Com Truise speaks in kaleidoscopes.

Every noise, every instrument, sounds processed and layered. Reverse-treated cymbals hiss and swell. The songs ebb and flow in intensity. Like the best rock’n’roll, or jazz, or even gospel, they build up and tear down in ways that only increase the intensity. Com Truise has the good sense to keep us guessing, to keep introducing new elements into a song. They go distorted, turn liquid in places. There’s a sharpness here, a fierce intelligence all through this music that’s missing in a lot of CT’s counterparts.

Ultimately, it’s too edgy to be a narcotic, too moody to use as background music, and frequently too beautiful to be ignored.

Look, I hate to keep harping on this Washed Out thing, but I feel obligated to point out that there are better, less-publicized versions of this kind of music. To put it another way, not only does Washed Out sound like shopping at the mall, buying a Washed Out album is the equivalent of shopping at the mall. There’s more interesting stuff out there. Lots of it.

4 Responses to Com Truise – Galactic Melt (Ghostly International)

  1. Wallace Wylie July 28, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Ghostly International is home to the godlike Matthew Dear, and also Gold Panda, so I thought it might be pretty good. On first listen I’m really enjoying it.

  2. Rob July 29, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Was the second music video supposed to be relatively similar to this one, by non other than Ernest Green, or just unfortunate, unintentional irony?

  3. Scott Creney July 29, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Nice catch, Rob. Who can tell anymore? I hadn’t seen that Washed Out video before, but for what it’s worth I still prefer Com Truise.

    Dreamily phased 80’s-sounding synths (aka the chillwave) is everywhere these days, along with a fetishization of VHS/analog aesthetics. Sort of like that reverbed southern-sounding singer thing was a few years ago.

    I mean, this song by M83 came out in 2008, a year before Washed Out.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Abqy3DdAzHI&ob=av2n
    And pretty sure Neon Indian was right there as well. And Ariel Pink was way ahead of them all.

    Cheers.

  4. TheLastHeretic July 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    or you could just listen to Apex Twin from 1989 and actually chillout

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