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, and shoegaze.
In 2017, the duo is regularly invoked in conversations alongside ambient music’s most renowned acts, and they have befriended artists once considered heroes. Hammock performed alongside Stars Of The Lid at Wordless Music, and it only took two albums to catch the attention of Jónsi, of Sigur Rós, and producer Alex Somers of Jónsi & Alex, before Hammock were invited to perform at the US debut of their Riceboy Sleeps art exhibition. Still, for all Hammock’s reach in left-of-center spaces — and praise from Pitchfork, BBC, and Ricky Gervais — it’s worth noting that Byrd and Thompson hail from a small town in Arkansas and a 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.