TORN HAWK is one of the aliases under which Brooklyn based audio-visual artist Luke Wyatt makes music. Wyatt first gained notice for his visual work, self-described “video mulch” for the likes of Autre Ne Veut, Mi Ami, and Steve Summers. His “Video Party” DVDs for the label Peoples Potential Unlimited and his own 40 minute DVD release Sad Stonewash explored his distinct vision across a longer format.
Though he had been making equally arresting sound works for some time, “Tarifa”, his 12″ debut on LIES as Torn Hawk, brought his music to a wider audience. Since then, Wyatt has released an EP as Lossmaker, collaborated with Karen Gwyer, Secret Circuit, and Willie Burns, and released an album of early works under his given name, entitled “Teen Hawk”, which JunoPlus deemed one of the 25 best records of 2013.
The Torn Hawk live attack features an artisinal tilework of distressed denim beats, behind a foreground of gestural guitar emitting everything from Sawzall-shorn sheetmetal riffs to Gottsching-meets-Verlaine watercolor dapplings and washes.
THROWING SHADE is a London producer and NTS Radio presenter. Following on from her ‘Mystic Places’ 12” (released on Kassem Mosse’s Omnira imprint in October ’13), she will release a debut EP on No Pain In Pop this summer. Drawing in iridescent strains of popular music - from African and Asian modes to the grimey axis of London’s contemporary sound narrative - Throwing Shade creates a diverse and abstract sound patchwork, intangibly borne in the here-and-now.
Dark new agers DOOMSQUAD re-code the electronic music narrative with a more worldly and cosmological presence than the genre would normally dictate. Their songs are rich in variance and full of vividness, spanning across their entire debut LP Kalaboogie. Drawing in guitar, flute, percussion and synth, the Montreal and Toronto-based siblings Allie, Jaclyn and Trevor Blumas act as aural anthropologists, teaming relics of cross cultural traditions like chanting and repetition over seismic ripples of deep bass.
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