Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Album: Hammock - Chasing After Shadows... Living With The Ghosts

Band: Hammock
Album: Chasing After Shadows... Living With The Ghosts
Label: Hammock Music
Year: 2010

01. The Backward Step
02. Tristia
03. Little Fly-Mouchette
04. Breathturn
05. In The Nothing Of A Night
06. Andalusia
07. The Whole Catastrophe
08. The World We Knew As Children
09. Dust In The Devil's Snow
10. How Can I Make You Remember Me
11. You Lost The Starlight In Your Eyes
12. Something Other Than Remaining

Chasing After Shadows…Living with the Ghosts is Hammock's fourth album, following up 2008’s Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow, the “studio performance” recording of music written for Hammock’s first-ever live show, given at the overseas debut art exhibition of Riceboy Sleeps/Jonsi & Alex (Jonsi Birgisson of Sigur Ros and Alex Somers of Parachutes). While “Maybe…” captured the duo stripped back to an irreducible minimum, with Byrd and Thompson writing and recording wordless and rhythm-less music using only their electric guitars and pedal boards, “Chasing…” is a massive sonic cathedral, meticulously crafted layer upon layer, dressed up with live, acoustic instruments (drums/percussion, horns, and strings) and pure analog tones.

Byrd and Thompson are quick to point out that while the sound of “Chasing…” stands in stark contrast to “Maybe…”, the process was the same. Byrd explains: “This record isn’t a reaction to ‘Maybe…’ but an extension of it. With ‘Maybe…’ we were stretching ourselves by setting strict limitations. With the new album, we were stretching ourselves by setting zero limitations.”

Transcending a mere listening experience through its emotional intensity and sheer beauty, "Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts" seems able to convey one's innermost longings into sound, making for an indescribable affirmation of the spirit.


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