Hammock is a two-member post-rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. With music created in between production and songwriting projects over the course of two years, 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 Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson. The two met when Andrew became a member of Marc's band, Common Children. They continued to work together, writing, recording, and producing, after Common Children disbanded and began recording the music that eventually became Hammock when they both had free time between projects. Hammock initially had no intention of releasing their studio efforts. After building up a collection of almost 40 songs, however, they changed their minds.
Hammock's music has been featured three times during NBC's coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics. The track "Winter Light" was heard during a special piece about the emotional comeback story of Russian skaters Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin on February 13, 2006. "Rising Tide," a second track from the Kenotic full-length was heard during a piece about Canadian skaters Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon. Finally, "What Heaven Allows," the thirteenth track off of Kenotic, was played during NBC's coverage of the figure skating competition.
In August 2006, Hammock signed a record deal with Darla Records. Their full-length album Raising Your Voice…Trying to Stop an Echo was released under Darla on November 20, 2006. 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 Riceboy Sleeps, 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 their newest album, Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow (featuring cover art by Riceboy Sleeps), which is recorded entirely live save a few overdubs, and is the group's most ambient release to date.
* Kenotic (2005)
* Stranded Under Endless Sky (EP, 2005)
* The Sleep Over Series, Vol. 1 (2006)
* Raising Your Voice… Trying to Stop an Echo (2006)
* Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow (2008)
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