Hammock (band)

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Hammock
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Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, US
Genres Shoegazing, post-rock, Ambient
Years active 2004–present
Labels Hammock Music
Website http://www.hammockmusic.com/
Members Marc Byrd, guitar
Andrew Thompson, guitar

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.

Biography[edit]

Hammock is a collaboration between 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]

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, Hammock 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"[1], which in turn inspired American film maker Eliot Rausch to make a short film for the piece.[2]

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.[10]

On May 10, 2013, Hammock announced that they had begun mixing a new record, Oblivion Hymns. The album was released on November 26, 2013. They also plan to re-release The Sleepover Series, Volume 1 and record the second part in early 2014.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • EPs, Singles and Remixes (2013)

Singles[edit]

Other[edit]

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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