Since the term was coined, “Chillwave” has been used to describe two similar but distinct areas of music. One is the lo-fidelty eighties disco-inspired music that is more strongly associated with the name, like Washed Out and Neon Indian. The other is instrumental music that sounds like a cross between Flying Lotus and Hudson Mohawk. Artists like Eskmo and Joy Orbson defined this version of “Chillwave,” but maintained a separation from the Toro y Moi realm. The idea that these two separate genres are categorized under the same name always seemed a bit peculiar to me. After listening to Com Truise’s “Slow Peels,” everything fell into place. The song manages to reconcile the two genres in an extremely fluid manner. Initially is sounds like it could be an instrumental version of a Neon Indian song. It’s filled with glowing warped synths and straightforward but danceable drums. The funk riff is perfectly complimented by the simple bass line, and it has the mellow pulse that is often identified with summer 2009. On the other hand, it’s almost impossible to imagine a vocal track over the song. Despite being kind of monotonous, it manages to be thoroughly interesting throughout the entire four and a half minutes. While a lot of times genres are contrived, I believe that this song singlehandedly defines “Chillwave”. It seems to an aesthetic which concerns itself with being simple, but not easy listening. It’s charming and mellow, but also a bit abrasive. When fully reconciled, this track is purely fun. While there is little depth or emotion in “Slow Peels,” you don’t miss it.