The best place to listen to Com Truise's new album Iteration most likely is deep space, but for the time being since that locale is inaccessible to most, we'll just have to do it right here on earth. By no means does being a lowly earthling listening to the synth soundtracked final chapter of an android astronaut's story via a pair of headphones lessen the impact of new album Iteration.
Anytime I listen to Com Truise, I find it to be a unique experience for a transcendent introspection where the music in its abstract, synthetic sounds removes me from myself. Although I can't tell you the exact play-by-play of the first android in space narrative, what I can tell you is that I feel this android's story.
Now, it's an album that is definitely out there, but it is still accessible and sounds like Com Truise's most sophisticated version of his music yet. With all that being established, let's blast right off into our interview with Com Truise, real name Seth Haley.
Iteration! We talked to you last year when you released ‘Silicon Tare’. You said you were going to be bringing home the final chapter of your android astronaut story. So, how has it concluded?
Well basically, overall the record is about escaping depression. It's basically about the android astronaut and the alien girl that he fell in love with. It's about them escaping and drifting off into space, and making their own lives in a different world.
How long has the whole overarching story been going on?
Since Cyanide Sisters. In Decay is the only one that's not part of it, sort of loosely part of it. I mean, In Decay is basically all the leftover tracks that I wrote during the Galactic Melt time, and I just didn't want them to just collect dust, so I put them on a compilation. But a lot of press releases for the record are saying that this is the first album in six years, and I mean, really In Decay was an album, but it was more of a compilation.
You've been working on this story for about seven years because it started in 2010. How do you feel now, looking back on the story, and bringing it to its full completion on this album?
I'm pretty excited, actually, to end this part of this narrative, and see what else I can come up with in the future. I'm at the same time a little sad, but I just couldn't have it go on forever, you know? In a way, it's a relief, but it takes a little bit of the pressure away from trying to get more music into the story. I'm pretty happy with how this record sounds, and the feeling that I went for, it really nailed the ending, at least for me.
How would you advise people to listen to this album?
That's a funny situation. I would like people to at least give it one listen through, just sitting down, laying down, maybe put your headphones on. We live in a digital world, obviously, so most people will probably stream it from whatever source they choose to, but as long as you listen to it from front to back, and see how it feels, and then you can just cherry-pick your favorite songs, and play them when you're driving. But I would prefer it listened to as a piece of music, but that's a hard thing to ask people to do.
Where do you go from here? Are you going to take some time away to figure out the next narrative that you either want to pursue or the next chapter in Com Truise?
Unfortunately, writing anything this year is just gonna be completely impossible, so I won't be able to really write until 2018. I'd like to take a break, and in the future, I would probably like to release records more often, maybe every three years or something instead of six years. I really do like writing EPs, it's easier to write those as a section of the story because the whole record can be overwhelming. But I'll take a little break and maybe work on some of my other pseudonyms, or revisit some things.
I re-signed with Ghostly for one more record and one more EP, so far as Com Truise, it'll be a totally different narrative. And we'll see where it goes from there. But I'd like to work on some other music, try some different things, and maybe I'll take a little bit of a break.
You always have this ability to bring so much life to technology, into something that should be so artificial. How do you approach breathing this tremendous amount of life into the technology to make your music?
It's almost me trying to repurpose dated technology to sound more current I suppose. A lot of it is being homesick, and that forces me to really make things sound like how I'm feeling. Because my music isn't about my personal life. It obviously sneaks its way in there inevitably, but I just sit down and write until I find something that moves me. And I'll have a story in my head, but I might stumble on a different part of the story while trying to write another part of the story.
Understandable. You always have strong artwork for your releases, but the artwork on this one seems to stand distinct of your other choices, but still is cohesive there. Can you let me know a little bit about the artwork for Iteration, and what propelled you to make this bold change that's still cohesive?
It's like Iteration itself, the record, the title. Electronic music is very repetitive, and that's my weird dig on electronic music, that it's all very repetitive, and I'm guilty of that definitely. And I purposely made some of this record to feel repetitive. It's just my weird smirky smile at electronic music.
The art is really just those horizontal lines are very indicative of the repetitiveness. Each of the four symbols on the front represents a side of the record. I like to think of things as symbolism. I like creating logos just for fun all the time, so I just always have these symbols that I create. So I just wanted it to be this like totem in a swirling pool of repetitiveness.
What is one deep thought you've been having lately?
One deep thought… I find myself getting into a lot of conversations just about life, as it all being a simulation. I talked to Chris Clark, who I'm on tour with right now, and have these conversations just about basically the Matrix theory, you know? We've been in these weird, dystopian thoughts a lot lately. I've just been thinking about life and the future, and what I really want to do. I like to tour and things like that, but I'm ready to chill. I've seen a big chunk of the world. I want to set some roots and buy a house maybe and be close to my family. You never know what could happen.