After working for years behind the musical scenes, Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson got together to create some music of their own. Not as a band, or with record label pressures, but just letting what was inside of them come out naturally. Behold: Hammock. The sixteen pieces chosen for Hammock's first release, entitled Kenotic, evoke endless sky and the open Southern landscape. Kenotic is all at once ambient, post-rock, dreamy, lush, melodic, and atmospheric, a soundscape inspired by stillness, beauty, emptiness and silence. This is a band and an album that makes you notice the world around you by filling up the space within you. And like the world outside-like the empty space within, this music overflows with beauty and tension, melancholy and hope. All equally abiding. "With atmospheric, rippling curtains of watery guitars and oceanic textures as vast as life itself, "Kenotic" is a dream-come-true, shoegaze record for the Sigur Ros or Mogwai fan. Fingerpainted harmonies are smeared across enormous sonic space stretching into infinite darkness where downtempo-like, supportive beats reach up to meet the curve and crest of wave after wave. Giagantic dream pop meets exquisite ambient electronica, touched ever so slightly with carefully-woven vocals. Close your eyes and fall in." CD Baby Musical Influences: Hammock has long admired artists like Brian Eno, Mogwai, Stars of the Lid, Michael Hedges, the Church, Labradford, the Cure, LOW, Steve Roach, Boards of Canada, Cocteau Twins, Explosions in the Sky, William Ackerman, Sigur Ros, Thom Brennan, Slowdive, Sianspheric, Yume Bitsu, Tetsu Inoue, Album Leaf, Idaho, Tom Heasley, Bowery Electric, Red House Painters, Jeff Pearce, My Bloody Valentine, windy & carl, the Dead Texan, the Smiths, Unwed Sailor, Robert Rich, John Cage, Harold Budd, Landing, Broken Social Scene, the Six Parts Seven, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Arvo Part, Airiel, Air Formation, Paik, Spacemen3.
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