For A Ride

by HAWN

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Chorchill Got the tape a few days ago. This album has such a strong side B, it made me forget about side A almost every turn. So everytime I played side A again I didn't recognize the songs... like if the music magically changed. OK I know this sounds stupid. What I wanted to say is this: Great album! Favorite track: Man On the Make.
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wc_helmets Kinda no-wave synth arrangements where sounds sneak in and out of the mix. Held together by a voice that reminds me of Kelley Polar or a non-baritone Scott Walker. Great work. Not confrontational. Just out there. Favorite track: Man On the Make.
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HAWN's third release, For A Ride, takes us into new territory, perhaps somewhere between no-wave and synth noise. Lee's soulful, agitated vocals chronicle hyper-realistic, darkly-funny narratives which unfold over Craun's heavy, glitched-out synth landscapes – sputtering digital slabs, unexpected zaps and an ever-shifting stereo field – which heighten the sense of disorientation embedded in the lyrics. The conjured atmospheres are somehow both familiar and unsettling, a feeling like trying to return to normalcy in the aftermath of some tragic, inexplicable, and possibly absurd event. While described in the past as a folk band, HAWN pull traditional songwriting ideas to deformed extremes, and in the process, create a crumbling, frightening, beautiful world.

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released January 31, 2019

HAWN is two people: John Craun, who plays synth and produces, and Michael Jeffrey Lee, who dances and sings. “For A Ride” was recorded at Thank Tank in New Orleans, LA. All songs Craun/Lee concoctions.

The album is dedicated to Alex Chilton, who, in the last decade of his life, would occasionally appear at the Thai restaurant where Craun and Lee worked to order a Pad Thai, with beef.

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