Hammock (band)

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Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, US
Genres Shoegaze, post-rock, ambient
Years active 2004–present
Labels Hammock Music
Associated acts Common Children, The Choir, GlassByrd, Matthew Ryan, The Church
Website http://www.hammockmusic.com/
Members Marc Byrd
Andrew Thompson

Hammock is an American two-member ambient/post-rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. With music initially created in between production and songwriting projects, Hammock combines live instrumentation, electronic beats, and droning guitar into atmospheric music similar in style to the work of Boards of Canada, Explosions in the Sky, and Stars of the Lid.


Hammock is a collaboration between guitarists Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson that developed out of informal recording sessions between songwriting projects.[1] Byrd and Thompson initially had no intention of releasing their studio efforts. After building up a collection of almost 40 songs, however, they changed their minds.

Hammock has released five LPs and five EPs since 2005, garnering favorable reviews from publications such as Pitchfork Media[2][3][4] and AllMusic.[5] Hammock gave their first live performance at a private event at Chuck Dodson's Gallery@404B in Hot Springs, Arkansas on August 3, 2007, to honor Jónsi & Alex, the artistic collaboration between Jón Þór (Jónsi) Birgisson (lead singer and guitarist of Sigur Rós) and Alex Somers (graphic designer and member of the band Parachutes), on the night of their United States premier, which was also their first-ever exhibition outside of Iceland. This performance eventually became the inspiration for Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow (featuring artwork by Riceboy Sleeps), which was recorded live in its entirety, save for a few overdubs.[6][7]

In May 2010, Hammock released their fourth full-length album Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts under their own label, Hammock Music, which is distributed through Redeye.[8] That same year in December, Hammock released their fourth EP titled Longest Year, a beatless and wordless "mini-album" that was born out of the difficulty the band faced in 2010, including the near-total destruction of Byrd's home in the epic 2010 Nashville flood.[6]

Over the next few years, Hammock expanded their musical horizons with a variety of collaborations and adding more of an orchestral aspect to their music. Hammock collaborated with singer/songwriter Matthew Ryan and released a single called 'Like New Year's Day' which was released on January 1, 2011. There are 3 versions of the song, a Matthew Ryan mix, a Hammock mix and an edit of the song. On October 5, 2011, they released a four-song collaboration EP with Steve Kilbey and Tim Powles of The Church called Asleep in the Downlights.[9] In February 2012, Hammock remixed the Rhian Sheehan track "Borrowing The Past",[10] which in turn inspired American film maker Eliot Rausch to make a short film for the piece.[11]

On July 6, 2012, Hammock announced that mastering had started for their fifth LP and first double album, entitled Departure Songs. It was released on October 2, 2012.[12] On May 10, 2013, they announced that they had begun mixing a new record, Oblivion Hymns. The album was released on November 26, 2013, and was a notable departure from their previously guitar-focused sound, adding a neoclassical element with a full orchestra, children's choir, and vocals from Timothy Showalter.[6] On September 23, 2014 They re-released their 2005, fully ambient work The Sleepover Series, Volume 1 on July 1, 2014, and followed-up with a sequel, The Sleepover Series, Volume 2, on September 23, 2014.




Compilation albums[edit]

  • EPs, Singles and Remixes (2013)



Music videos[edit]

  • Mono No Aware (2008)
  • Breathturn (2010)
  • Longest Year (2010)
  • Dark Beyond the Blue (2010)
  • One Another (2012)
  • Tape Recorder (2012)
  • Cold Front (2012)
  • Tornado Warning (2012)
  • Mute Angels (2012)
  • I Could Hear the Water at the Edge of All Things (2013)
  • Sinking Inside Yourself (2014)

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