Hammock – Oblivion Hymns
Redeye – 2013
Heavy atmosphere clouds “My mind Was A Fog…My Heart Became A Bomb.” Through the rising and falling composition, the band breathes life into the track courtesy of the Love Sponge Quartet.
A children’s choir stirs “Then The Quiet Explosion.” The voices soar over the strings in a beautiful way that should touch your soul.
My favorite Hammock songs involve guitars, like the third song “Turning Into Tiny Particles..Floating Through Empty Space.” There is something special about the magical tone the band attains and their playing style is totally unique. I’m not saying that they shouldn’t veer off into orchestra and what have you. It’s just that the guitar is my favorite instrument and Marc Byrd & Andrew Thompson play haunting work on the instrument.
There is a patriotic quality to “Like A Valley With No Echo.” The orchestration almost comes across as brass even though it’s strings. It plays out like a military swang song.
Holding Your Absence” powerful conveys the sensation of being down and missing a spark to life. Whether it’s working multiple jobs to survive or you’re unable to be with the person you love, Hammock wonderfully encapsulates a dark, lonely essence that would support any situation described.
I really grooved to the rhythmic pattern of “I Could Hear The Water At The Edge of All Things.” It took me on an emotional journey that was deep and felt good. It’s definitely has a bright light that burns optimism. The mixture of high and low instrumentation is potent.
“In The Middle Of This Nowhere…” has the band’s signature instrumental swells. You can’t help but get emotionally swept into the waves that crest high and then sink down low. It’s like you ride the surf of life.
Hammock captures the torturous inner war of “Hope Becomes A Loss.” Both optimism and despair are captured equally.
There’s a foreign land touch to “Tres Dominé.”
Oblivion Hymns is a pretty restrained release from Hammock. It features less guitar work than normal. I can certainly understand the band wanting to branch out and do things different. It’s just that next time I hope they include more of their most distinguishable instrument (s), because they create musical majesty with the guitar.