Com Truise, In Decay

Annie Zaleski

By Annie Zaleski

on 07.17.12 in Reviews

In Decay

Com Truise

Com Truise’s Galactic Melt was one of the more underrated electronic releases of 2011. A loving homage to early synthpop — the low-tech kind full of warm analog synths, squiggly beats and molasses tempos — the album skillfully fetishized primitive technology and misty ’80s nostalgia. In Decay is cut from the same cloth, but it isn’t exactly Galactic Melt‘s follow-up; the 13-song collection is a compilation of unreleased tunes, all of which pre-date even Com Truise’s 2010 debut EP, Cyanide Sisters.

Embracing its influences without being trapped by them

As a result, In Decay isn’t quite as dynamic as Com Truise’s other releases. Both “Stop” and “Video Arkade” meander for about a minute too long, and the lack of variation in pacing is detrimental to the album. Still, In Decay has some outstanding moments. The proto-industrial fluttering keyboards and electronic drums of “Open” give way to tranquil ambient electro, while “84 Dreamin” buries the sound of chirping birds under diffracted oscillations and Miami Vice-style synth bravado. “Klymaxx” contrasts syrupy 8-bit ostinatos with chaotic radio static; “Data Kiss” seduces like Air thanks to blocky funk buzz; and “Dreambender” grafts a doomy, Joy Division-esque backbone to a keening melody and sunrise keyboards. In Decay reinforces how Com Truise embraces its retro influences — but isn’t trapped by them.