|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, US|
|Genres||Ambient, post-rock, shoegazing|
|Associated acts||Common Children, GlassByrd, The Choir, Matthew Ryan, The Church|
Hammock was formed as a collaboration between guitarists Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson, both formerly of alternative rock band Common Children, that developed out of informal recording sessions between songwriting projects. 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 have released eight LPs and five EPs since 2005, mostly on their own label, Hammock Music, which is distributed through Redeye, and have garnered favorable reviews from publications such as Pitchfork and AllMusic. Byrd also records, since 2005, as a member of the band The Choir.
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 Jónsi & Alex), which was recorded live in its entirety, save for a few overdubs. In 2008, Hammock performed at the Wordless Music Series in New York City with Stars of the Lid.
In May 2010, Hammock released their fifth full-length album, Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts. That December, Hammock released their fourth EP, 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.
Over the next few years, Hammock expanded their musical horizons with a variety of collaborations and the addition of more of an orchestral aspect to their music. Hammock collaborated with singer-songwriter Matthew Ryan on the single "Like New Year's Day", released on January 1, 2011. On March 8, 2011, the band issued a cover of Catherine Wheel's "Black Metallic" as a digital single, featuring vocals by Byrd's wife, Christine Glass (the couple had previously collaborated as a duo, GlassByrd). 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.
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 (Strand of Oaks).
On July 1, 2014, Hammock reissued their fully ambient 2005 album The Sleep-Over Series (Volume 1), following it up with a sequel, The Sleepover Series, Volume 2, on September 23, 2014.
Hammock's ninth album, Everything and Nothing, was released on April 1, 2016. Irish music and politics magazine Hot Press said in its review that the album is "the aural equivalent of a flotation tank... an album to lose yourself in completely". Haydon Spenceley, reviewing for Drowned in Sound, stated that the album has "clarity, purpose, drivenness, even, not words that would necessarily be associated with this stellar band's earlier work... This is music of transcendent beauty, but with an added level of dissonance that grabs the attention in a way that hasn't ever seemed to be Hammock's stock in trade before". Spenceley also claimed that Everything and Nothing is Hammock's "most immediate, most sonorous and beautiful album to date".
- Kenotic (2005, Hammock Music; reissued digitally 2015 with session outtakes)
- The Sleepover Series, Volume One (2005, Hammock Music; reissued 2014)
- Raising Your Voice...Trying to Stop an Echo (2006, Darla Records; reissued 2011, Hammock Music)
- Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow (2008, Darla Records; reissued 2013, Hammock Music)
- Chasing After Shadows... Living with the Ghosts (2010, Hammock Music; reissued 2013 as a 2-CD set with session outtakes)
- Departure Songs (2012, Hammock Music)
- Oblivion Hymns (2013, Hammock Music)
- The Sleepover Series, Volume Two (2014, Hammock Music)
- Everything and Nothing (2016, Hammock Music)
- Stranded Under Endless Sky (2005, Hammock Music/Republic of Texas Recordings)
- North West East South (2010, Hammock Music)
- Chasing After Shadows... Living With the Ghosts (Outtakes) (2010, Hammock Music)
- Longest Year (2010, Hammock Music)
- Asleep in the Downlights (2011, Hammock Music)
- "Like New Year's Day" with Matthew Ryan (2011, Hammock Music)
- "Black Metallic" feat. Christine Glass (Catherine Wheel cover) (2011, Hammock Music)
- "Borrowing the Past (Hammock Remix)" (2012, Hammock Music)
- "From the Dust... We Ran to Greet the Dawn" (2013, Hammock Music)
- "Baritone Recovery" (2014, Hammock Music)
- "Sleepover 1 • Sleepover.FM" (2014, self-released)
- "10.08.14 (Blood Moon)" (2014, self-released)
- "04.04.15 (Moon Blood)" (2015, self-released)
- "09.28.15 (Blood Moon)" (2015, self-released)
- EPs, Singles and Remixes (2013, self-released)
- An Introduction to Hammock (2013, self-released)
- An Introduction to Hammock, Volume 2 (2015, self-released)
Selected compilation appearances
- "Black Metallic" on Never Lose That Feeling Volume Two (2006, Club AC30)
- "Sora" on For Nihon (2011, Unseen Records)
- "The More You Drink From the Well...The Higher the Waters Will Rise" on ... And Darkness Came (2012, Headphone Commute)
- "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)
- "In the Middle of This Nowhere" (2013)
- "I Could Hear the Water at the Edge of All Things" (2013)
- "Sinking Inside Yourself" (2014)
- "Blankets of Night" (2015)
- "The Endless Sky: An Interview with Hammock". Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- "Redeye Distribution: Artist Information - Hammock". Retrieved 2010-06-04.
- "Hammock: Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo - Album Reviews - Pitchfork". Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- "Hammock: Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow - Album Reviews - Pitchfork". Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- "Hammock: Chasing After Shadows... Living With the Ghosts - Album Reviews - Pitchfork". Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- "AllMusic Guide: Hammock Discography". Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- "Hammock Music: About.". Retrieved 2012-08-03.
- "Paste Magazine: Hammock gets artsy for first concert ever". Retrieved 2012-05-30.
- "Stars of the Lid and Hammock: Wordless Music". Retrieved 2016-04-30.
- "Hammock Music > Asleep in the Downlights". Retrieved 2012-03-23.
- "Hammock announce mastering of new album on Twitter". Retrieved 2012-07-06.
- "Album Review: Hammock-Everything & Nothing :: Hot Press".
- "Album Review: Hammock - Everything and Nothing :: Drowned in Sound".