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 EPs, 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.
After eight years as the driving force behind celebrated rock outfit Dum Dum Girls, Kristin stepped out from behind the pseudonym. More quantum leap than artistic pivot, she recorded her solo debut in collaboration with producers Kurt Feldman and Andrew Miller. In summer 2016, X-Communicate was released via her longtime label home, Sub Pop, to much critical praise. Highlighting the singular quality of Kristin’s voice and songwriting, the album moves between tempo and mood, using 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.