Controlled and Flat
Silicon Tare is the newest EP from Seth Haley, who has been working under the name of Com Truise. Silicon Tare acts as the continuation of the story from the previous EP, Galactic Melt.
“Sunspot” wastes no time in getting Silicon Tare started. The intro is an eerie back-and-forth of glitchy synth rifts that smooth out into an easy groove. Those rifts come back through to help build contrast and create textures in between the deadpan like beat that eventually takes over.
“Forgive” follows with its own harsh intro that is reminiscent of someone smashing down the keys of a piano. Coupled with the crashing drumbeats and this song is completely built on chaos. In the last minute or so, “Forgive” finally figures itself out and ends on a better note than it started off on. “Diffraction” contrasts “Forgive” in that while “Forgive” was more about the low jagged bass, “Diffraction” finds its niche in high pitch synth rifts. “Silicon Tare” is easily the most dynamic song. There is a perfect balance between bass and melody and is far more textured than its predecessors. “du Zirconia” begins easy and quiet, though this intro is drawn out a little too long and the song itself takes a few minutes before it gets itself to its real core.
There are some things that are done well on Silicon Tare. Almost all the songs have a tendency to hit hard and then come into their own groove almost going for a shock and awe attempt and there is some playing around with tempos and attractive sounding melodies. For most of Silicon Tare, though, it feels flat and a little too over controlled. There are moments where it seems like the sound might expand it something new but never quite makes it there so there is never any specific feeling being created within any of the songs. Overall, Silicon Tare is almost there but never takes its listener fully there.