- Release Date 2011-06-14
- Label Ghostly International
- Catalog GI138
And what an appropriate title it bears. For a brief moment, opener "Terminal" subsumes you in warm, starry-eyed synth arpeggios, and then down the rabbit hole you gofrom the keyed up, skyscraping machine love of "VHS Sex" and "Cathode Girls" to opuses like "Air Cal" and "Ether Drift" that sound like Doogie Howser's idea of the perfect prom song-mathy, forlorn, funky, and mighty in technical ambition. That theyr'e all noticeably cinematic is, of course, by design - Haley envisioned Galactic Melt as a sort of film scorefrom the mind, chronicling the lift and death of Com Truise, the worlds first synthetic/robotic astronaut, from his creation and life on earth to his subsequent mission to a newly discovered galaxy called "Wave 1". Eventually, Truise becomes one with his newfound cosmos, like Pinocchio becoming a real boy, but in the nether regions of imaginary space.
Haley says knowing when and how to complete such an opus was the hardest part of making the record, nevermind all the carefully synth programmed patches on his Sequential Circuits Split-8 or the three years of real life that transpired during its genesis. It's a world unto itself, a sci-fi bildungsroman of sorts, and most importantly, an awesome escape from the corporeal.