Last Sunday I went to see Panda Bear, with opener Dâm-Funk, at Warsaw Ballroom in Brooklyn. Panda Bear played his marvelous new, still unreleased album in its entirety. Dâm-Funk was a blast, as always. But the opener opener, Torn Hawk, was the evening’s true revelation. The Brooklyn-based Luke Wyatt plays music that makes you feel like you’re living in an 80s racing arcade game. When accompanied by the tripnotic neon visual display, as he was on Sunday night, a Torn Hawk show makes for a truly visceral experience.
Through Force of Will, his 9-song full-length came out earlier this year, but I’d never heard of the artist until the other night. While still an excellent piece of music, Through Force of Will can’t quite capture the sensory magnificence of a Torn Hawk live performance. He’s a master of his aesthetic and seamlessly fuses his heady sonics with breathtaking lights and video. This is a long way of saying, if you have the opportunity to see this guy live – do it! And listen to the Ninja Turtle sludge of “’96 Galant” below.