Surprise, surprise, Seth Haley is still good at making electronic. Under this moniker, things aren’t quite as ambient as his previous work as Sarin Sunday, and its clearly distinguishable from SYSTM, but if anything, Galactic Melt is an improvement on Haley’s earlier work. Though its a more beat oriented record than Sarin Sunday fans might expect, Haley’s ability to craft immersive, dreamy synth textures is still in full force. He’s crossed the bridge from ambient to synthwave, with nostalgic echoes of dance and funk.
Its Memory Cassette’s dreaminess, combined with Boards of Canada’s talent for composition and the punchy yet ethereal synth work of chillwave acts like Washed Out. But its decidedly not chillwave. Not only is it instrumental (Thus lacking the lyrical themes that have somehow come to define the genre), but its tone escapes so many of the pitfalls of chillwave. If you like these acts, chances are, you’ll find something you like in Galactic Melt.
Com Truise (AKA Seth Haley of New Jersey) is a self-described synthesizer nut. And true to form, Galactic Melt is like getting 50 CC’s of synth injected straight into your heart. If that sounds overwhelming, it’s probably because it is. It’s impossible to listen to this album more than once a day without overdosing. But when that time comes when you need the synth (and we all have our moments), Galactic Melt delivers in full force. Never before has the synthesizer felt so badass.