Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records.
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On Silicon Tare, the sci-fi story that Seth Haley, who records as Com Truise, began on the Galactic Melt LP and continued on the Wave 1 EP takes a dark turn. At the conclusion of Wave 1, the protagonist, Earth’s first synthetic astronaut, successfully makes contact with the far-off Wave 1 colony but, once he does, things get fuzzy. He falls in love; there is a war coming. A story that began in hope and dreams of discovery ends on an uncertain note. Change is in the air.
It’s evident Haley’s style has matured since 2010’s Cyanide Sisters. Sisters wonderfully warped sonics could have been the sound of broken VCRs spinning analog tapes, all of them singing in unison. His 2011 full-length Galactic Melt was rich and expansive, full of slowly-coasting synths, melodies that wriggled and popped, and masterfully-controlled rhythms. Since then, Haley’s sound and production techniques have progressed, becoming wider and fuller—high definition 3D madness. His always-cinematic signature sound and 4/4 kick drum patterns are present, of course, but the dynamics and tempos are increasingly more colorful and varied.
Silicon Tare opens with a skating sheet of synthesizer before easing into a steady, walloping beat. It doesn’t stay there for long: halfway through, the lights come up, and synth notes crackle across the sky. “Sunspot” is a departure–its soft-pink tone, synthetic slap bass and quasi-808 percussion recalls the edgier end of ‘80s pop. And he pushes the boundaries even further on “Forgive,” a big, booming number with fat streaks of synth and a gleefully hectic rhythm track that stops, starts and sputters over and over again.
Silicon Tare moves Haley and the fictional Com Truise even deeper into the cosmos, discovering new lands along the way and offering a glimpse of where he may travel in the future. And if the characters at the center of his ongoing story may be in peril, Haley himself is in control.
Tare sets the stage for the final chapter in Haley’s Com Truise saga, which will be the first official follow-up to Galactic Melt. It’s not only the perfect prelude to that finale, but the perfect representation of Haley’s ever-expanding universe of sound.
Our 5th installment of the ISO50 Colorcast Mix Series has been carefully put together by a kind northerner by the name of Tyler Derosier. We got a 2 hour boy this time around, just look at the tracklist below:
1. Dresvn – A2
2. Kyle Hall – Mysterious Lake
3. Warren Raww – Ross
4. 2 Bit Crew – Hoop Dreams
5. Terrence Pearce – Stroker
6. SVN & Porn Sword Tobacco – Fresh II
7. Moomin – Time Circle
8. Dorisburg – Irrbloss
9. D. Tiffany – Orange Crush (Plush Managements Mix)
10. Jupiter Jax – Armed for Peace
11. Royer – Window Sun
12. Jonas Palzer – Solid Liquid
13. Alvin Aronson – Mat
14. Royer – Facts
15. Studio OST – Bent Light
16. Chaos in the CBD – Digital Harmony
17. Heathered Pearls – Interior Architecture Software
18. Nas1 – Exit 12, 13
19. Frank & Tony – The Gales
20. Deep88 & Melchior Sultana – Days Go By
21. Jordan Blacksmith – Naja
Leftovers are sometimes great especially if its music. The artist gets to remind people of what they put out and maybe get some new ears on it and diehard fans get a bonus and in this case a pretty one indeed.
From the You’re Dead! sessions plus some additional “random stuff.”
I’m looking forward to music from Mark Pritchard more than I am from anyone from Radiohead and this track makes me feel good about that thought. Mark is a top of the line swiss army knife when it comes to production, plenty of patience and precision, he uses things sparingly, just guides you to how you want to feel.
If you’re late to the game on Kyson its alright, i’m pretty sure the vocal additions being this clear is a new venture for him. How about that though? this voice was there all this time, sounds like a seasoned veteran to me.