Com Truise & Clark – Tickets – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC – May 19th, 2017
9:30 Club presents at U Street Music Hall:
Com Truise & Clark
7:00 pmU Street Music Hall
This event is all ageshttp://www.930.com/event/1434699/
Wave 1 is the first new transmission the world has received from producer Seth Haley since his gloriously futuristic debut album Galactic Melt. That album cataloged the genesis and evolution of Haleyâs alter ego Com Truise â the worldâs first synthetic/robotic astronaut, as Haley described him â and this EP continues the characterâs journey into the outer reaches of the musical multiverse. In the process, it also builds on Haleyâs signature production style, one thatâs rooted in classic sci-fi sounds and analogue textures but nevertheless manages to sound utterly contemporary.
The EP takes its name from the newly discovered galaxy to which the intrepid astronautâs voyages take him, and there certainly seems to be a narrative structure to its sequencing. Opening track âWasatâ sets the scene, providing a brief, atmospheric prelude that quickly settles into an uptempo, hypercolor groove. âMindâ is an exercise in dramatic tension, its beats constantly threatening to explode into a full-fledged four-to-the-floor stomp, but never quite doing so. âDeclination,â which features guest vocals from Joel Ford (Airbird, Ejecta, Ford & Lopatin), glides into your headphones like a starship slipping down out of hyperspace â itâs the EPâs most melodic moment, and perhaps the most straightforwardly melodic tune in the Com Truise oeuvre to date.
âSubsonicâ is full of dramatic grandeur, marking the moment at which the EPâs initial rush of energy subsides into the sort of dramatic, slow-building textures that should really be soundtracking the birth of new stars. The track evolves through several movements, and is full of evocative electronic textures (along with one hell of a squelchy bass sound). âValis Called (Control)â maintains the reflective mood, while âMeserere Meiâ is all fractured beats and jagged textures. The title track brings the record to a close with an air of serenity, the melody line drifting away into the distance on washes of sci-fi synth sounds.
Haley described Galactic Melt as a âsort of film scoreâŚfrom the mind,â and Wave 1 works the same way, evoking the latest stage in the intergalactic journey of Com Truise â and leaving you wondering what corner of the cosmos heâll visit next.
âMusic is like sculpture. Itâs like trying to capture a moment of ultimate momentum, and distill it foreverâ. â Clark, August 2014
âClarkâ, boldly eponymous, is the Warp experimentalistâs seventh album in 13 years? climaxing a narrative that commenced with âClarence Parkâ, the first âClarkâ attributed album âBody Riddleâ, through the Yin and Yang of âTurning Dragonâ and âIradelphicâ, and finely honed through this yearâs âSuperscopeâ EP and visually intense Phosphor live show.
This is where the sounds of the machine meet the sounds of the world. A protracted club experience distilled into a cinematic, immersive whole. Clarkâs chiseled vision of techno contextualized for a postrave environment the clean, cold edges of technology eroded over time to produce raw, fascinating new textures.
These textures lay the foundations for a hugely kaleidoscopic listening experience filled with warmth. Memorable songwriting packed with melody and subtle, unpredictable shifts in mood? a finely balanced mix of electronic composition, heads down techno, human nature and the environment it was created in.
âI wanted to let the weather in with this albumâ, Clark explains. âItâs outward looking, itâs drenched in sounds of the outside world, sounds free from human intervention: branches crackling in the wind, storms brewing, the stillness of settling snow. Itâs all in there, amongst the moreish crunch of industrial machineryâ.
These real world elements offer a sense of a meditation that beckons the listener to leave human desires behind. A detailed field recording of boots in snow creeps into an echo of piano house on âStrength Through Fragilityâ, swallowing up the melancholy of the melody rather ruthlessly, teasing these things out of the listener as the track progresses. The essence of the new being carved from an unheard ancientness appears throughout âClarkâ, a tactile interaction between alien elements creating something that would not have otherwise existed.
The machines hold their own against nature: âBanjoâ is a straight up MPC/synth funk jam played over three notes, the hypnotic arpeggios of âUnfurlaâ are underpinned by a solid 4/4 kick drum, peakrave euphoria is captured in âThereâs a Distance In Youâ. At its essence âGrit In The Pearlâ is more Berghain than Guggenheim a club banger, albeit in a parallel dimension filtered through the âClarkâ lens, lending new context to its spiralling rave chords.
The theme of reduction, a sculpture of sound, wins out in the end. Closing beatless piece âEverlaneâ is a cathartic conclusion to âClarkâ, the elements ultimately refined into timeless, ethereal melodies echoing into the ages:
âIt straddles this fine line of being ultimate bliss and sadness at the same time. I find this emotional terrain compelling and keep on coming back to it. I need that epic sense of closureâ.
âClarkâ will be released by Warp Records on 3rd November 2014.
Roland Tings is Melbourneâs jack-track anomaly with a penchant for acid coastlines and nebulous rhythms. With his acclaimed, debut self-titled album released earlier this year on Prins Thomasâ label Internasjonal, and two 12â releases for 100% Silk and Club Mod under his belt, Roland Tings returns with his latest offering, âHedonistâ. The track is the first single from Tings forthcoming EP, set for release in early 2016.
âHedonistâ was inspired by a hike that Roland Tings (real name: Rohan Newman) took in Mt Buffalo National Park, in regional Victoria, Australia. The track features samples that Tings recorded at the top of Mt McLeod. Rohan says, âIt was the middle of summer and Iâd just returned from living in Berlin for six months. The contrast was incredible. I was obsessed with the smell of the eucalyptus trees, the colours of the bush and the freedom that comes with living in such a sparsely populated country. At the top of the hike was this beautiful alpine meadow on a plateau.â
âWe didnât take enough water â we ran out in the morning before the hike back down. Just when things were looking really bad, I heard rushing water. We dug through some loose foliage and there was a pristine mountain stream flowing through dry bush in a granite channel, that must have been carved over millions of years. The water was ice cold and we went from having nothing to having more than we needed. It was 35 degrees. âHedonistâ tried to capture this â the open meadow, the rushing cold water thru the scorching hot Australian alpine bush, huge moths circling the top of the mountain at sunset, gravel crunching under feet.â
Forged from Melbourneâs forward-thinking nightlife institutions, Roland Tings made his recording debut with the Milky Way EP, released on L.A. based cult label 100% Silk. Having laid the ground-work of a raw-satin aesthetic inspired by early pioneers such as Larry Heard and Robert Hood, Tings continued to develop his sound with the acidic Club Mod-released follow up Tomitaâs Base-ment. Tings then took a more Balearic-approach with his debut LP Roland Tings, which delved fur-ther into his rhythematic, synthesised rabbit hole, and received acclaim worldwide. As well as being the first 100% instrumental album to ever be awarded the coveted Feature Album on Australiaâs triple j, the album received praise from international tastemakers Resident Advisor, Fader and Mixmag Germany, and earned an impressive 8/10 review from XLR8R.
Tings has toured extensively around Australia and Europe, including sold out album launches across the country, supporting Chet Faker on his sold-out 2015 national tour, and performances at Meredith Music Festival, Sydney Festival, MONA FOMA and Listen Out Festival. The remainder of 2015 will see Tings embark on his debut US tour in October 2015.
At the helm of a tight community of innovative Australian producers enjoying global recognition, Roland Tingsâ custom texture continues to fold into a vibrant late-night fabric accessed around the world.
U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009