Torn Hawk

Let’s Cry and Do Pushups at the Same Time

Mexican Summer

Jan 09, 2015 Issue #52 - January/February 2015 - St. Vincent Bookmark and Share


"What you end up remembering isn't always the same as what you have witnessed." I stole that from Julian Barnes's 2011 Booker Prize winning novel, The Sense of an Ending. It's a great way of describing audio/video artist Luke Wyatt's recording project, Torn Hawk. Torn Hawk is about nostalgia, specifically reconciling memories of the past with our increasingly fragmented present. Wyatt's '80s retro-futuristic instrumentals confidently mush our collective good old days into the current electronic music landscape with watery guitars and blurry synths, creating an entirely new set of experiences. Songs like "Afterprom" and "Because of M.A.S.K." establish a fuzzy, dial-up style connection to a media-saturated set of emotions that carry with them both overwhelming warmth and creeping darkness. The outstanding album opener, "I'm Flexible," tumbles backwards down a rabbit hole of digital handclaps and effervescent Bubble Bobble programming. From that point on you're in a wash of complex, often conflicting sentiments that provide for a truly exceptional listening experience. (www.tornhawk.com)

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