One thing that I think we can all agree is fantastic about New Jersey synthwave artist Com Truise is that he can take the most left field of jams and mix it down into a total masterpiece. He’s re-interpreted everything from Twin Shadow’s hipster pop to Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy soundtrack. With this iteration of his trademark dreamwave re-imaginings, Seth Haley (Com Truise) colors Maroon 5’s “One More Night” with retro cyberpunk effects, warped analog synth leads, and stabbing digital beats. Sassy vintage keys twinkle along like electronic lights on decaying machinery, and the vocals take on a far more triumphant vibe, like the computer world national anthem before the annual light cycle olympics. Really, is there anything Mr. Truise can’t make perfect? Do tha right thing, and don’t waste any time in checking out Com Truise’s futuristic downtempo remix of Maroon 5’s “One More Night” We’d love to include a free MP3 download of the track, but we’re a twinge wary of having the shit sued out of us by them. So, sorry ‘bout it. Is Maroon 5 really still making music anyways?
I may catch heat for saying this, but wedding a remake of Disney’s Tron with a soundtrack by Daft Punk was not something I was excited to hear about. I don’t want this blog to be negative or elitist, but I won’t hide the fact that there are a lot of things I dislike: a few of them being unimaginative re-imaginings and contrived techno music. To date, I still have yet to see the remake of Disney’s glorious early eighties foray into CGI, but this little ray of sunshine I just could not pass up. Via Ghostly International (probably the best record label in existence), apparently among the coal on the “Tron Legacy: Reconfigured” soundtrack is a remix of “Encom Part 2” by Com Truise. And that’s my excuse to bring up one of the coolest electronic artists alive.
Com Truise is probably my latest electronic artist crush. Self-described as being “mid-fi synth-funk”, the fellow behind the vintage synths weaves a new jangle from decades of influence. Based solely on his “Komputer Kasts”, Com Truise obviously draws from his roots of krautrock, italo-disco, and early eighties funk quite often and to great effect. He’s also a stellar visual artist, using lasers and vintage office machinery as mascots for his retro vibe. To date, he has released only one EP, titled “Cyanide Sisters”, but it was reissued with some changes, and some very good bonus tracks were tossed in for just short of $7 at the Ghostly store. The original “Cyanide Sisters EP” is available as a free download on Com Truise’s official site, but it’s definitely worth it to pay for a higher-fi version. Downside: no physical copy available.