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Vinyl, June 28, 2011
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Double vinyl LP pressing. 2011 release from Com Truise, one of the many pseudonyms of New Jersey designer/musician Seth Haley. After his well-received Cyanide Sisters EP, a grip of remixes for artists like Twin Shadow, Neon Indian, and Daft Punk, and a few floating mp3s, Galactic Melt finally enters your brainspaces. And what an appropriate title it bears. Haley envisioned Galactic Melt as a sort of film score, from the mind, chronicling the lift and death of Com Truise, the world's first synthetic/robotic astronaut, from his creation and life on earth to his subsequent mission to a newly discovered galaxy called Wave 1. Eventually, Truise becomes one with his newfound cosmos, like Pinocchio becoming a real boy, but in the nether regions of imaginary space.
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Backing synth sequences and arpeggios are simple, repetitive and trippy, reminding of early Ozric Tentacles or Tangerine Dream's live shows circa 1983(and in one case of Goblin's early 80's soundtrack output) taking turns switching between simple motifs, before a melody emerges in the foreground that takes on a moody lyrical quality. The lead melodies themselves move into repetition fairly quickly, but the tracks build and break down in enjoyable ways. Slow pitch wow effects are present throughout.
Basses are less repetitive and can at times suddenly become lyrical. Basses also drift into Aphex Twin's Ziggomatic 17 territory on some of the latter tracks, with a bit more funky movement. The drums take a typical 80's stiff pounding kick and snare, with a bit more umph, and then leading in at the right moment are huge layers of a resounding chorus of hats and cymbals, elevating the intensity in a satisfying way. The drums are actually the least repetitive aspect of the music.
Basic short spoken samples distorted by ring modulation or bit-crushers and a few ambient interludes bookend each track. All in all, it's the quality of the production and the trippy, progressive characteristics that made this album for me.
The vinyl is 2 45-rpm 12 inches, so the cover is a very minimal gatefold. The high end treble on these is very powerful, so a low-end stylus may be insufficient. Vinyl quality is mostly good, except for one spot near the very end of one side, which was a bit scratchy.
All in all, a quality release that works well as the album as a whole, rather than much judgment placed on individual tracks.
Galactic Melt has come to save techno from mediocrity. It has ridden in on a white horse, adorned with bags of gold, to spread its wealth to all who will accept it. And there is no reason why you should not accept it. I know I'm risking overhype here, which I don't mean to do, because this is hardly an original album. In fact, the very premise of Galactic Melt is utilizing sounds from the 70s and 80s to recreate that old school vibe. Except 'Galactic Melt' goes beyond that, it takes those 30+ years of experience and crafts one of the best albums I have ever heard. It rarely rests on it laurels, it offers variety in a manner I didn't believe was possible, and provides an enjoyable auditory experience. Com Truise is not out to waste your time, Com Truise is out to help you spend that time better.
Overlook the ridiculous name and you'll be treated to an excellent time.
The whole album has a hard-to-describe 80's nostalgic-yet-futuristic feel. The closest thing I can compare it to is playing vintage PC games from the early and mid nineties.
The tracks lack some diversity, but there's no need for variation when the style is spot on as this album is. This is an album I can listen to again and again like a soundtrack whilst I go about my daily activities.
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