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The soft blankets of guitar wash resonating from Asleep in the Downlights make it hard to believe that Nashville’s Hammock recorded this EP in 2011; it plays like something born in the shoegazing scene of early-‘90s Camden Town, London. Guest vocals from Steve Kilbey (frontman of The Church) make the opening song, “No Agenda,” sound like it was recorded in England more than a decade ago. Lilting electric guitar leads pumped through delay effects float over layers of softened six-string distortion to make “Sinking Inside Yourself” sound like the kind of sonic whirlpool heard on Slowdive’s debut, Just for a Day. Some further Church worship surfaces with “Verse for Forgiveness,” as that band’s Tim Powles takes the microphone this time. Under copious amounts of effects, he sings over spectral soundscapes that recall the post-goth heyday of the 4AD label (think This Mortal Coil). The seven-minute closer, “Parkers Chapel,” is the most hauntingly beautiful song here. Otherworldly guitar sounds howl and moan above a slow and steady rhythm as Andrew Thompson sings with a cool restraint.

Customer Reviews

Thank you ...again

Still remaining one of my favorite bands. Just a thank you for filling the lull between albums and giving me a bit of a Hammock fix.

Good EP

"Sinking Inside Yourself" and "Parkers Chapel" truly shine, but as a whole it doesn't hold a candle to the outtakes of Chasing After Shadows or the Longest Year EP. It'll leave you wanting more though, that's for sure. It's just a shame Hammock only has 82 tracks to listen to - it's not enough and that's saying something.

The notes my ears were asking to hear

It's nice to hear the "Hammock" sound applied in different ways. I still love the Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow side of Hammock the best but this is still an amazing EP. It takes a more Shoegaze/Slowdive direction this time around with the more prominent vocals but it remains unique in it's own way.

Can't wait to blare it in my car :-)


Formed: 2004 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A duo whose ambient soundscapes have drawn comparisons to artists like Boards of Canada and Sigur Rós, Hammock formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2004. The duo was originally conceived by Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson, who were both former members of the band Common Children. Hammock released their debut full-length, Kenotic, on their eponymous label in 2004; The Sleepover Series, Vol. 1 followed one year later. Hammock's profile was heightened in 2006 during the Winter Olympics when NBC played several...
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