Com Truise: “Iteration” Album Review

Written By: Ethan Griggs

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Com Truise is a fitting name for the project of New Jersey electronic producer Seth Haley, as he makes music that sounds like it belongs in a late 80’s/early 90’s spy thriller. Through two albums of crisp and icy synth-driven electronic,  2011’s Galactic Melt and 2012’s In Decay, Haley managed to combine the sheen of 80’s synth-pop with the cinematic, shadowing through line of a modern film score. On Iteration, his first album in five years, he elevates that notion to a new height. There’s a whole new sense of thematics on this record, and paired with Haley’s unique style of EDM, it makes for a stunningly refreshing fifty minutes.

One of the noteworthy qualities of the album is the emotional and textual soundscape that is laced throughout. At one moment, like during the ping-pongy opener “…Of Your Fake Dimension”, all hands are on deck and everything is at stake. On the other hand, the music has a “love story” effect, like many of the best films, and this is best heard on reflective tracks like “Dryswch” and “Memory”. The sleek and sweet synth tones that are constant throughout the record almost act as a protagonist amid the album’s musical plot.

It’s not just the same formula throughout the whole album, though. Each song has its own unique sound and character to it. Tracks like “Isostasy” and “Ternary” glide through the air at a breakneck pace, and each would sound great thumping through the sound system of nightclub. The brooding, fuzzy bass lines on “Usurper” and “Syrthio” pave a road for the immersive 8-bit synths on top. Although a few of the tracks may be a bit too long and repetitive, like “When Will You Find The Limit…”, they don’t succeed in bringing down the overall quality of the record. The closing title track ties the knot on this quality record of instrumental synth-pop.

Whether you’ve been waiting out the whole five years and clinging on to his various EP releases or completely new to his work whatsoever, Seth Haley’s newest album as Com Truise is bound to be a delight for EDM and pop musicians everywhere. It’s not particularly the texture of the album that makes it great, but rather how it ties together with the covert yet reoccurring  theme and motifs. Hopefully it won’t be too long of a wait before we get new music to dance to.