Meaning: large wave or waves, coming off a succession of lesser ones
Hammock is Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson. Since the band’s founding in 2003, when they began collaborating to escape Nashville songwriting circles, Hammock have released a litany of acclaimed albums, masterfully tracing across sub-genres of neoclassical, ambient, shoegaze, and post-rock.
For all Hammock’s reach in left-of-center spaces — and the praise that’s been heaped on them by Pitchfork, the BBC, the Wire, NPR, John Diliberto, and Ricky Gervais — it’s worth remembering that Byrd and Thompson hail from, respectively, a small town in Arkansas and a 102-acre farm in Tennessee, far from the world’s experimental centers. Hammock’s work has always represented a natural flow of emotional instincts with little intentional relationship to theory, much as it sounds as painstakingly molded as anything from the avantgarde.
The band’s eighth album, Mysterium (August 2017) features a cross-continental team including Berlin engineer Francesco Donadello (A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Ólafur Arnalds), Peter Katis (The National, Jónsi), and orchestrator Roman Vinuesa (Iris, Umrika). Two Hammock albums have followed Mysterium, both soundtracks: Columbus (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) and We Will Rise Again, created for Ubisoft’s hit video game “Far Cry 5”.