Boomkat Product Review:
Torn Hawk’s 5th album ‘Time Is A Scam’ is a romantically sore, cinematic affair steeped in the synthy emo signposts of ‘80s movie soundtracks and underlined with the hypnotic quality of traditional Native American music and contemporary US psych and doom styles
As with most of Torn Hawk’s releases, ‘Time Is A Scam’ feels like one chapter in a much broader odyssey weaving hauntological and occult inspirations into a wholly unique sound. Dance tracks make up only one aspect of the album, which is more obviously sequenced as an immersive listen for headphone mooches or projecting imaginary scenes on the back of yer eyelids.
Over the album’s 11 tracks, Luke Wyatt a.k.a. Torn Hawk smudges classic ‘80s FM synth sounds with crafty dub techniques thru a warped lense, journeying from the direct-to-VHS horror synth cues of ‘Come To Be’ to the walking-into-the-sunset finale of ‘Find Me In The Rain’ via alley-stalking, low bitrate breaks, eruptions of metal guitar, mesmerising club dervishes, acid surf licks, and tragic themes.
RIYL vintage 0PN, James Ferraro, Heldon