First single from Hammock‘s “Everything and Nothing” album, out April 1st.
Hammock is a collaboration between guitarists Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson 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. 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.
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 October 5, 2011, they released a four-song collaboration EP with Steve Kilbey and Tim Powles of The Church called Asleep in the Downlights. In February 2012, Hammock remixed the Rhian Sheehan track “Borrowing the Past”, which in turn inspired American filmmaker Eliot Rausch to make a short film for the piece.