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Hammock – Breathturn

Hammock is the ambient / post-rock project of composers Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson. They debuted Hammock in early 2005 with the full length album Kenotic.

Since their debut, Hammock released an EP in mid-2005 called Stranded Under Endless Sky, and the sleep-over series Volume One six months later in early 2006. In November 2006, Hammock released the full-length follow up to “Kenotic”, Raising Your Voice…Trying to Stop an Echo on Darla Records. In January, 2008 Hammock announced that their next full-length, a special release titled Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow would appear in May, 2008 and that the six-panel digipak for the record would feature original artwork by Riceboy Sleeps (an art collaboration between Jonsi Birgisson of Sigur Ros and Alex Somers of Parachutes).

A majority of Hammock’s music is ambient instrumental, save for a few tracks on Kenotic that feature haunting ethereal vocals. Their sound is “sleepier” than the brash, often obvious crescendos of their post-rocker cousins, reminiscent of 80’s Brian Eno and early 90’s Nick McCabe of the band The Verve.

Much of the later Hammock albums have been more instrumental and meditative, as on Marc Byrd’s conceptual album The Sleep-Over Series. Hammock has also been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), and tracks from the album Kenotic were used by NBC during the 2006 winter Olympics coverage.

Hammock’s latest video “Breathturn” from the album “Chasing After Shadows…Living with the Ghosts” which will be released on May 18, 2010. The video directed by David Altobelli is available below.

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