Com Truise – Silicon Tare (Album Review)

‘For every decade that we’re currently within, we look back two decades prior.’ Throughout the 00s, this rough quote would resonate with this reviewer as the decade progressed. The sounds of the Eighties were back and going to stick around for a while. Fast forward to 2016 and the statement still seems to hold true, with Nineties signatures re-emerging in music and fashion. While you have the likes of Mitch Murder, Kavinsky, Dam-Funk and Miami Nights 1984 filling out the Eighties-sound niche, Com Truise has diligently been carving out his own signature in electronic music.

Com Truise’s heavy electro, funk and R&B influences create a warmer, tangible consistency compared to his contemporaries whose sound might come off more metallic and robotic. There’s the hazy dissonance of a worn out cassette tape that meets the drive and ‘oomph’ of the 80s ‘Minneapolis Sound.’ Altogether, it’s created a fascinating palette for Truise to play within. Silicon Tare doesn’t venture far from Com Truise’s established reputation, but the album is unmistakably Truise-worthy.

Truise finds a home for track ‘Sunspot,’ which was floating around for years under various names like ‘Ident 323’ under the alias Syn. This version differs with some additional instrumentation, giving the final result a bit more texture than the previous. ‘Forgive’ expands on the retro-funk that’s associated with Com Truise’s sound. Linn LM-1 drums and synth-washes punctuate ‘Diffraction’ enough to feel like a love letter to the late Prince (who, without a doubt, has been a huge influence for Truise over the years).

‘Silicon Tare’ and ‘du Zirconia’ while nice tracks, largely fade away after the driving beats of the previous three tracks. These two tracks might have been better suited for his Wave 1 EP, which compliments that EP’s sprawling, subsonic scope better.

Here’s an exercise. Think of the perfect scenario for spinning a Com Truise track or album. The perfect scenario for yours truly: in a vintage sports car, on a long stretch of desert road, at sunset. If a Com Truise album can capture that sort of transformative power, then it’s a worthy addition to his discography. Silicon Tare, in that regard, works to good effect.

3.75/5