Com Truise - Cyanide Sisters EP

Princeton, NJ producer and ’80s nostalgia maker Com Truise produces a fully formed, fully formidable take on what people have resorted to calling chillwave, at a time when people are resolving to avoid any new artists that make anything resembling chillwave. True, we have enough. Though you have to make room for something if it transcends the tics, which is what Seth Haley (Com’s name proper) does, with his love of ’80s brass, hypnagogic haze and the soothing balm of hissing synths and luxuriously funky bass lines. Think Washed Out crossed with Neon Indian, if you haven’t thought about those dudes enough. And if Ernest and Alan are already on your playlists, which they probably are, then just think of this track as the entrance point to a worthwhile, free, five-track EP called Cyanide Sisters from an unsigned guy who will soon be signed, and soon be remixing his colleagues. It’s possible that Bundick, Greene, and Palomo may need to make room a little more room in their mindmeld wave pool.

Grab the EP for free over at comtruise.com.

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  1. It’s an 80′s glitched out explosion that somehow makes perfect sense. Loving Com Truise!

  2. Think Washed Out crossed with boring, easy-to-make bullshit. It doesn’t matter if you call this chillwave, coldcore, frankincense, whatever…it’s like anyone with a microKORG and garageband can be an indie “nostalgia maker” for 15 minutes of fame if they overly compress a simple, unoriginal drum beat.

    bla bla, get out of ur blog and smell the fresh air

    • I love critics like you with the “Anyone can do it” attitude. I’m assuming you have garageband, so where’s your amazing tracks?

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      • I’m useless? Please explain how you’re useful.
        It’s clear you’re not very sharp…I can think of a ton more instruments and synths but THE POINT of using microKORG is because it’s the most popular mini synth in the world and the tones from this song are easily obtained on one…ya tool…

        • It looks as though he uses a bunch of synths, Oberheim Matrix 6, SCI Split-Eight, DX7, SCI Prophet 2000, Korg Poly 61, pics on his myspace. So I think you’re a bit out of line, wanker.

          • i see those synths in his myspace’s “sounds like” section, too. that doesn’t mean he used them on this song.
            i use all of those synths listed, minus the SCI, and i can tell you that most if not all of this track’s synth lines could’ve been made on a microkorg.
            i’m not saying that’s necessarily a bad thing.

          • if you listen to more of his tracks you can absolutely hear those synths.

    • Take shrooms and then give this song a listen…your attitude will change drastically.

  3. Meh. It’s nowhere near as good as either of those two, and I dislike Neon Indian.

  4. This is uneventful…and doesn’t sound much like Neon Indian…who is also incredibly overrated.

    There should be a new standard in music reviewing where the “critic” has to actually know about music and how it’s created so that crap like this can be spared and real music that involves talent and new vision can be talked about more.

    • The only important standard in listening to and talking about music is that your ears be working. If you listen to Neon Indian’s “(if i knew i’d tell you)” and then “Sundriped,” and still don’t hear a tonal similarity, then you might want to practice listening. It”s never too late! Hi Tracy I hope you can hear this.

      • it sounds like tracy was referring to people that contribute to public outlets designed to review and critique music…uh…like you, Amrit.

        so if you are responding to that, then wow- way to discredit yourself. all it takes is ears? damn, id like to think that a culinary critic knows about what techniques, materials, knowledge, etc it takes to make a great meal and not just the fact that they have a functioning mouth and tongue. can i be an art dealer just because i have eyes? sorry but that’s absurd.

        i do agree that “if i knew” sounds like this. they both employ analog sounding synthesizer tones and that compressed stripped four-on-the-floor beat. it’s like entry level amateur electronic music…a lot of mediocre stuff out there sounds like this.

        • He does have a point. It’s pretentious to say that the only people with valuable knowledge as a critic are those with experience in the field. Criticism is all a matter of opinion. Yeah, having a guy/girl who knows how the music was composed lends an element of credibility to his/her opinion, but in the end you’re still basing your judgment on an opinion.

          To be honest, when I read reviews of films/music/entertainment, I’m really not concerned if the critic knows which guitars were used or how they were miced. I’m only concerned if they can clearly express why I should listen to that album or see that movie. A lot of critics today can’t do that because they let their technical knowledge get in the way of their reviews. They put too much emphasis on the technical jargon to get themselves over as knowledgeable and in-the-know at the expense of the review. So their writing becomes more about how smart they are than whether or not the piece they’re reviewing is good.

          • Actually, criticism isn’t all a matter if opinion. Anyone can be a critic in a commentor section but when you’re the one conducting the review, offering the promotion, considering your music outlet a respectable one, then it’s about an educated opinion and some expertise.
            No one was saying it matters what guitars were used, but it does matter that you know what comparable music is out there, what music was offered in the past, why this music should be considered special or important, etc. So someone hearing something very derivative but not knowing the pre-existing music it was derived from may think that the music they’re hearing is original…when it’s not. We can all agree it’s not necessarily about technical jargon but it does take a lot of knowledge and skill to offer a proper critique and not just your opinion. All in all, your opinion is greatly influenced by what you’ve already been exposed to and how much you know about what available to you.
            It’s not pretentious to say “people with valuable knowledge as a critic are those with experience in the field”…although experience is certainly not all that matters, it’s definitely an important part. People that are experts in a field are experts in a field.

    • Haterz gonna Hate

  5. amrit loves chillgay

  6. He’s got tons of tracks up on soundcloud. \m/

    http://soundcloud.com/com-truise

    • I just heard Straight Shooter – Deep In The Night (Extended) (1984)… is this a remix version done by Com or what…? Because that track sounds like it’s straight out of the 80s… and that track doesn’t sound nostalgic, it just plain sounds like a rehashing of something that existed at a time when Michael Jackson was still styling the jhery curl.

  7. Do you think Tom Cruise is gonna pull a Kristen Kennis when he realizes his name was re-arranged and defamed in this sort of way?

  8. This would be good soundtrack music. Buddy cop movie end credits I’m thinking.

  9. You should create a tag for all this ‘kind’ of music. i’ve really had enough of this

  10. In all honesty della is right, this is pretty bland and uninspired music, not bad so much as its just unwilling to take any risks. Its derivative music of music that was already derivative (James Ferraro, Neon Indian type of sound) but which was pulled off more convincingly by those other artists.

    Take away the hipsterish name and cover art, and it would be hard to separate a lot of these tracks from some premade set of beats you’d find on a stock music CD (Ambient Loops Vol. 4: Total Chillage). And I don’t think you’d even particularly associate them with the 80s the way he’s trying so hard to do.

  11. Anyone saying this is bad is right. It is not original. All you need is spare time to do this. You do not need a vision.

    Pitchfork and Stereogum are the Wal Mart and McDonalds of Indie rock. “Indie rock” as we previously knew it, is dead. It died when it became a commercial commodity.

    • I completely agree with you. I think in a different era where self-production wasn’t so easy, artists like this would have been found by A&R and hooked up with a producer that could refine his ideas into something a bit more interesting, more complete.. I mean, if you’re me you hear potential in this track, but in current form it sounds like a demo of ideas. I think what a lot of young talented artists are missing in today’s DIY market is a great producer/engineer team to get the most out of songs.

      • That is soo stupid! What do you want him doing? Pop music or commercials? can’t musicians just make music they want to make and not have be something that others want to hear?

        • Musicians can’t always make the music they want to make without the help of a producer. If you read interviews with Springsteen about making Born To Run (not that I would dream of comparing him to the mighty Truise) he often states that the music he was “hearing in his head” was unachievable to him until Jon Landau came onboard as producer. The same is true of The Beatles and George Martin, Arcade Fire and Richard Reed Parry (controversial). Also, not to point out your faux pas, but it looks like your promo copy of the EP got damaged in transit? Few tears on there. Bit embarrassing maybe.

        • Exactly what I was about to say, zygmunt. It’s understandable that people who aren’t actually recording artists don’t really know what producers do (it’s admittedly difficult to understand). Producers are musicians first (and almost always are in bands or writing music). They help an artist achieve greatness by providing essential feedback, helping artists through songwriting hangups and arrangement difficulties, help recruit session musicians (when necessary), buffer out the technical/engineering complications (so that musicians can focus on music, not turning knobs).. and generally helping the artist really articulate, and thus achieve, their vision. As a recording artists who has worked both with, and without, producers, I can honestly say that songs in their original form are always very flawed. I needed some trusted ears to help me through my natural limitations, be they style, theory, influences, or the lack thereof.

  12. Too bad it takes such a boring EP for such exciting comments!

    weeeeee!

  13. Haven’t listened to this band yet and I’m sure they could be amazing, but they have a lame band name.

  14. This sounds like leftover soundtrack music from Flash Gordon.

  15. This is stupid.

  16. Ha. Maybe this parade of comments can serve as a hint that we’re ready to move on from this fake genre? We need to be honest with ourselves. It’s really not good.

    Signed,
    Dude in striped American Apparel deep v-neck shirt with pink sunglasses and tight clam-diggers

  17. Never cared for this “chillwave” genre crap. I tried with Neon Indian and it didn’t click. It just sounds so plain and unoriginal. “Sundriped” for example sounds like a cheap knockoff of the “Reading Rainbow” television show theme song.

  18. Wow, you are all jerks, the lot of you.

  19. In regard to the second comment, Washed Out is also boring, easy to make bullshit. The guy slowed down some old crappy song and sang over it. Funny thing is, it’s his best tune! This whole so called genre just flat out sucks. What happened to actual bands that play and write their own songs? They are slowly disappearing. Music blogs have been championing some really bad gimmicks as of late and it’s amazing how many jokers jump on these trends and continue to put their own shitty product out there. Enough with the cheesy genres, neon colors and ridiculous band names. Let’s get back to basics! This hipster shit has hit the fan. Go away.

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