Torn Hawk: Let’s Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time (Mexican Summer, 2014)

November 9, 2014 at 1:39 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Torn Hawk: Let's Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time

Torn Hawk: Let’s Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time

File under “way better than I expected”, probably because of the album’s title and cover, and whatever first song I heard from this was underwhelming. But this is pretty legitimate warped lo-fi electronic stuff. Nice burbling synths, warbly textures that still sound clear and well-mixed, and showboating guitar which steers clear of sounding too overblown and wanky. “Return To The Pec Deck” (ugh) is more of an uptempo action fantasy sequence theme, with some delightful vintage synths. “Acceptance Speech” has more of a bitcrushed sound, with trudging beats that have an almost 8-bit texture to them. “Because Of M.A.S.K.” gets even more flanged out, and then “Under Wolf Rule” gets into more late-night VHS vibes. This guy’s well known for making hallucinogenic VHS-damaged videos, and while there’s certainly that type of sound here, it’s well produced and tasteful enough to not overwhelm people who might be scared away by a hiss-covered cassette release. Definitely in the same league as all your favorite Software or Not Not Fun artists, or Mark McGuire/Emeralds.

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