Com Truise is the nom de guerre of producer and designer Seth Haley, raised in upstate NY and currently working out of LA. His synth and sci-fi-obsessed records are as infectious as they are expansive. From his breakout EP in 2010, Cyanide Sisters, to his first LP for Ghostly in 2011, Galactic Melt, and his numerous records, remixes and collections to follow, Com Truise has refined his singular style of melodic beat music. Each piece ties together his ideas of synth-wave and slow-motion funk amidst a glowing backdrop of rich, nostalgic pathos.
Though undoubtedly influenced by his parents' record collections and old, faded product design, the Com Truise project doesn't only pull from the past. Hints of Joy Division, New Order and Cocteau Twins bubble up in every prismatic piece, but it's as if they're processed through a waterlogged game console — warped, cybernetic and high-definition. Uniquely, Com Truise sounds both familiar and uncanny, and always handmade.
Eartheater (aka Queens based artist Alexandra Drewchin) distills foley-filled digital production, a three-octave vocal range, and classical composition into works suspended between obsessively detailed sonic tapestries and almost recklessly romantic and gestural electronica. A body of viscerally emotive live performance stands alongside her recorded output, realized by her fearless physical investment and gut-wrenching vocal sincerity.
After several years fronting the avant-garde project Guardian Alien, Drewchin made her full-length debut as Eartheater in 2015, releasing two consecutive albums — Metalepsis, followed by RIP Chrysalis. She has since signed to PAN, and will release her third album as Eartheater on her new label home this year.
In addition to her Eartheater project, Drewchin performs and collaborates with art duo and close friends FLUCT. She also starred in Raul de Nieves and Colin Self’s opera The Fool at the Kitchen, and was featured on two tracks from Show Me The Body’s Corpus I mixtape. She’s currently composing work for the contemporary chamber orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, that will debut in 2018.
After eight years as the driving force behind celebrated rock outfit Dum Dum Girls, Kristin Kontrol stepped out from behind the band. More quantum leap than artistic pivot, she recorded her solo debut as Kristin Kontrol in collaboration with producers Kurt Feldman and Andrew Miller. In summer 2016, X-Communicate was released via her long-time label home, Sub Pop, to wide critical praise. Highlighting the singular quality of Kristin’s voice and songwriting, the album moves between tempo and mood, playing with genre rather than adhering to it.
During her years fronting Dum Dum Girls, Kristin’s achievements were many: TV performances on Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman, countless positive album reviews including three 8+ write-ups on Pitchfork, magazine covers, worldwide tours and a collaboration with author, Bret Easton Ellis. She continues writing and recording solo material as Kristin Kontrol, as well as film scores and compositions with writing partner Andrew Miller as Hunny.
Samantha Urbani is a musician, multimedia artist, activist, and culture contrarian bar none. Channeling a collage of influences, and synthesizing them to craft a sound that’s uniquely her own, Samantha creates pop music with a purpose. As the leader of Brooklyn experimental pop band Friends, she developed a tenacious DIY attitude that has since developed into an ethos of individualism.
Following years of touring and contributing to the projects of fellow artists, Samantha brought her own solo career from the sideline to the spotlight with the standout singles. “1 2 3 4” and “U Know I Know.” Last year, Samantha delivered her long awaited debut, the Policies of Power EP, with critics applauding the immediacy of her referential but contemporary songwriting, while tackling the hefty topics of emotional justice and complex power dynamics. Easily navigating the shifting pop music landscape with finesse and grit, Samantha has cemented her status as an artist on the ascent.