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Sep
20

The Soundtrack to Every 80’s Wet Dream

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Electronic artist, Com Truise, live @ Coda in Toronto.

The crowd sets forth on a night of retro space exploration—synthesized beats that evoke vast bitmap landscapes sprawled across dark, seductive worlds. The complex set forms the audio equivalent of a red convertible slowly cruising through galaxies, landing on desolate, murky terrain with the upmost style. Each track is a portal, with Com Truise grooving the crowd inward like a sci-fi Pied Piper.

The venue, formerly known as the Annex Wreckroom, is intimate and contains the musical time-warp perfectly. What’s discovered is that the vastness created is never really freeing. Everything sounds like it belongs in the small space. Claustrophobic, but cozy. The venue is transformed. The room swells with nostalgia and bass to become a powerful addiction. Like a little bubble that exists separate from reality; like when Frodo puts on the ring.

Another feeling is that all of the 80’s inspiration still retains its futuristic wonder in 2014, even though it’s clearly dated. This mind-boggling, retro-futuristic vibe is heavy. It captures the seductiveness of technology from the past perfectly while turning it into a new, relevant fantasy that an audience in 2014 can live in. It’s a mind-fuck, but, once again, everything that is old is new again.

To most of the youthful crowd, the 80’s housed their childhood innocence, but Com Truise’s sex-filled beats reveal more adult commentary from that era than anyone bobbing their heads ever really considered. This is especially obvious after experiencing tracks like “VHS Sex”.

Amazingly, the youth of today can relive the 80’s as adults through Com Truise’s music. That, in itself, is an incredible public service. The man uses his talent in music production to successfully transport a venue full of people through time. The lasting impression is that retro sci-fi isn’t just a huge inspiration for Com Truise, it’s what he legitimately creates. He creates music that would have been created in the 80’s, so we can all relive it. When you let it wash over you, seeing him play live is a form of space exploration, time travel and having an all-around memorable night.

To recreate the experience, just listen to his tracks in a really hot room surrounded by good-looking young people: http://comtruise.bandcamp.com/

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