Published Aug 29, 2014It's not often that a press release describes a songwriter's music as "emotionally manipulative," but that's the description that accompanies Torn Hawk's new album, Let's Cry and Do Pushups at the Same Time. It will be out on November 11 through Mexican Summer.
For the uninitiated, Torn Hawk is the musical alias of producer and video artist Luke Wyatt. A press release notes that these eight songs "are built from live guitar, drum machines, junky synths, and layers of acid-washed samples." The disparate sonic touchstones include Manuel Göttsching, the Chameleons, Medicine, Tom Verlaine and Don Henley.
The curiously self-effacing press release notes that album offers "South Florida machismo in tandem with a vulnerable, self-help softness."
Scroll past the tracklist to hear the opening cut "I'm Flexible," in which quirky synth blips mingle hazily atop a shimming drum machine groove. There are some glitchy, tripped-out accompanying visuals, but the stream is listed as "official audio," so evidently it shouldn't be considered a proper video.
The album can be pre-ordered here.
Let's Cry and Do Pushups at the Same Time:
1. I'm Flexible
2. She Happens
4. Return to the Pec Deck
5. Acceptance Speech
6. Because of M.A.S.K.
7. Under Wolf Rule
8. There Was a Time