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Departure Songs

HammockAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Hammock is the duo of guitarists Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson. Nine years since their formation in Nashville, TN, the band has emerged as a leading light in instrumental music, with a unique, atmospheric sound that effortlessly melds elements of ambient, electronic, post-rock and neoclassical. ... Read more in Amazon's Hammock Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • ASIN: B008XU9B5E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Hammock goes massive as they meditate on grand themes of death and loss, their music ever larger, more expansive. Hammock retains its signature approach to epic music-making, but this time out, herald their muse in all capital letters, with cinematic crescendos and an architect's ear for structure both within a song and as a sequence of songs.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars massive. absolutely massive October 2, 2012
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Really, that's the best way I can sum up ambient/post-rock duo Hammock's latest double-album Departure Songs, which looms as their boldest and most brilliant effort in what is already an extremely impressive catalog. But massive in what ways exactly, you may ask?

-Musically. Marc Byrd & Andrew Thompson's arrangements have been maturing considerably since their first album, 2005's Kenotic, and this time the pair are swinging for the fences. Consider how thickly the layers of synth, guitar washes, cinematic strings and even horns envelop melodies in tracks like "Ten Thousand Years Won't Save Your Life" and "Tonight We Burn Like Stars That Never Die" (heck, even the song titles are massive). Expect more drums and more gorgeous vocals too. Just turn up the volume and let this thing take you apart slowly.

-Thematically. Departure Songs deals primarily with capital "I" Issues of death, loss, and absence--and the beauty, joy, and victory of Living even amidst such realities. Indeed, what always strikes me as remarkable in Hammock's music is how even the most somber of subjects is tinged with an inevitable air of hopefulness. You will find that these 19 tracks evoke quite a range of emotions, and it's all the better; Hammock offering us "the whole catastrophe" time and again only makes our listening experience that much more meaningful.

-In terms of sheer volume of music. With a running time of nearly 1 hour and 50 minutes, there's a lot here to love and there's plenty of time to love it. If you're a longtime fan, think of everything you love about Hammock already and amplify it. You might just end up with Departure Songs. And if you're not a fan yet, let me just say this: ten thousand years might not save your life, but Hammock might just help you enjoy the ride.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evolving October 5, 2012
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Another home run. If you are a fan of music that demands the full listening experience then give this a try. Hammock have taken their own sound and have grown with each release. You'll hear hints of Pink Floyd, Sigur Ros, and even a little bit of Krautrock thrown in for good measure. Highly recommended and the artwork/packaging is beautiful.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in love. October 4, 2012
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Departure Songs by Hammock swept me off my feet and left me reeling.

I've been a dedicated fan of the band since discovering them about two years ago, and have come to know the entire body of work quite well. While everything prior to Departure Songs was great, it was also very much cut from the same cloth, such that I could not immediately identify most songs as coming from one album or another based on style alone. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it did suggest to me that Hammock had explored the limits of its creativity and future work could be expected to reside within those bounds.

I was wrong.

Departure Songs, while remaining unmistakably Hammock and post-rock, pushes through the band's past limits in ways that I was entirely unprepared for. It's not an evolutionary progression, it's revolutionary, and will likely come to represent a meridian, dividing Hammock's body of work into that which came 'before' and 'after'.

This double album is a true composition, comprised of 19 pieces which, when experienced in sequence, take one on a journey of actual emotion. It's genius in the macro, but zoom to each of the 19 songs and you find infinite reasons to hit the repeat button or, as I find myself doing constantly, rewind specific segments to experience them again and again. Today, for example, I cannot stop listening to the final 90 seconds of 'Hiding but Nobody Missed you'. In fact I've listened to it at least 20 times while writing this.

Part of what makes these songs so enchanting is their production, which forges a wall of sound that is simultaneously everywhere and nowhere. Hammock's music before Departure Songs was very discrete in its presentation, meaning, here is the guitar, here are the keys, and here's the percussion, etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More layers than baklava, and sweeter November 16, 2012
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I've been following the fantastic creativity of Marc Byrd since his days with Common Children, and this last album tops them all. Andrew Thompson and Marc are able to blend the parts so well together - the results have many intricate layers and themes that just keep building and weaving around into something beautiful.

In all honesty, Hammock's last few albums have had a lull in intensity from their original work of Kenotic and Raising Your Voice Trying to Stop an Echo. That's not a bad thing at all - they are all extremely good in their own right. (As an example we used Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow as nighttime music to help our daughter drift off to sleep during her first 6 months.)

The intensity is back. The orchestral pieces add to the layers and the depth. Percussion is back, and placed perfectly. Marc's wife Christine's ethereal vocals are back as well. All of this combines into an absolutely epic audible journey from start to finish, replete with many highs and lows.

Favorite tracks:
Ten Thousand Years Won't Save Your Life
(Tonight) We Burn Like Stars That Never Die
(Let's Kiss) While All The Stars Are Falling Down

I've never written an Amazon review before but just _had_ to write one for this album since it's so good.
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If you're a fan of this type of instrumental music then this will fill both your heart and your pants with joy. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars typical hammock music
the same etheral songs and compositions from hammock.very lush and hauntingly beautiful music.extreme ear and mind candy.why don't they ever tour?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing
Truly one of the best ambient/post-rock albums out there. A true masterpiece - all must listen, love, die, and dream.
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