If I leave the tab a song is playing in, most of the time it's a mistake. I have so many open at all times that I'll forget where it's coming from, and other sounds from other videos will begin to overlap until I have to mute my headphones and sort everything out. You know? Today I have relatively few pages open, but the new songs from Torn Hawk (the alias of video artist Luke Wyatt) sound like they're coming from some window I didn't open and that's impossible to close.
“'96 Galant” pitches into a dial-up vortex to a specific layer of cyber hell, then snaps into turbulent alt-rock riffing and an arpeggiated line that sings with a $500 Italian leather jacket's cool. But “Pretend To Be A Cop” is far more disquieting: its loop of virtual hazey techno is interrupted by a robotic statement which serves to darken everything it's sandwiched between: “Find someone, duct tape him/Pretend To Be A Cop.” At that point, it ceases to be “devoid of humanity” in the same sense as Far Side Virtual, opting for a much more familiar and terrifying shell than an abandoned, sentient shopping mall.