Glistening retro-synth funk, moody sci-fi disco strutting and new-age sound vistas for fans of everything from DMX Krew to early Oneohtrix Point Never, Antoni Maiovvi and even Squarepusher's more recent cosmic workouts. Ghostly continues on its quest to deliver us only the very finest packages of retro-futurist vintage electronica and home clubbing party-starting kits!
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Stylish, melodic electronica with an 1980s fetish here from New Jersey bedroom producer Seth Haley, aka Com Truise. This album is essentially a compilation of early rarities that predate his previous album on Ghostly and offers an insight into the formation of the trademark sound he himself describes as ‘mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk’.
So what does that actually sound like? Well, on this album you get a series of slickly constructed, mostly mid-tempo tracks full of effervescent synths, gymnastic basslines and snappy percussion. The music generally exudes that uplifting, feel-good vibe that harks bark to the utopian futurism of a lot of 80s electro, tinged with an elegiac melancholy here and there- almost as if the music is simultaneously celebrating, mourning and yearning the naive optimism of those times. Some folks criticise Com Truise’s sound as ‘superficial’, which I think ignores the subtlety I just mentioned conveyed through an astute sense of melody and modulation. Nevertheless, I guess I can understand how it can sound pretty depthless to the point of being pathological- but what’s wrong with that?
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