Sunday, May 27, 2012

Artist Of The Day: Hammock

About a month back, Muzik Dizcovery writer Sean Milo featured Boards of Canada as the Artist of the Day. If you took a look at the article and checked out the band, then I hope you'll find something you like here: today's featured artist is Hammock, an ambient instrumental band that leans towards post-rock, rather than the experimental electric sounds you might hear from the former.

The music that comes from Hammock's Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson parallels some of Explosions in the Sky's more controlled and relaxed works. Much of what Hammock tries to create is soft, nostalgic and light, as though one is floating through a distant memory of childhood. It's smooth, and incredibly easy to listen to - I found myself finished with an album without really noticing it until the end, but I was so absorbed into the music that I'd felt like I had been listening to it for years, and it was just another play-through. The other thing about Hammock's music is that it's stunningly beautiful, without being overly complicated. There tends to be a fair amount of layering, but the blending of the electronic haze with the reverberating guitar tones creates a cloud of sound that the listener is gently coaxed into, and surrounded by delicate waves of sound for however long they please. It puts you in a wonderful, peaceful place, with space to think and room to breathe. I would absolutely recommend Hammock to anyone, to easily make their day calm, collected, and less stressful.

Featured Album: Raising Your Voice...Trying To Stop An Echo
This is the first album I listened to by Hammock, and I was hooked  instantly. "The House Where We Grew Up" just popped up on my Pandora station one day, and I did my research, and found the rest of their discography. Needless to say, I was finished with it within the day. However, Raising Your Voice...Trying To Stop An Echo just stayed with me, for much longer than anything else released. The album just has so much feeling and passion behind these simple, drifting songs that it really brings more to the ear for me than any of their other records.

You can actually stream all of Hammock's music for free. As much as I'd recommend the music directly from their site, it's only really convenient if you have Spotify downloaded. I prefer their Bandcamp or SoundCloud pages so I can stream it directly from my browser, but it's up to you, dear reader.
Hammock Music

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