Chasing After Shadows... Living with the Ghosts
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Audio CD, May 18, 2010
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'Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts'', Hammock's fourth album, captures the duo transitioning into a much larger, darker sound and merging their signature cosmic guitar washes with massive layers of live, acoustic instruments and thick analog tones. Masterfully mixed by Tim Powles, member of The Church, ''Chasing'' transcends a mere listening experience by its emotional intensity and sheer beauty and is somehow able to convey one's innermost longings into sound, making for an indescribable affirmation of the spirit.
"4.5/5 stars: With Chasing, Hammock carve a path that leads to perfection." -- All Music Guide, May 16, 2010
"7.3: a sound world you can sink into...like Ride or Slowdive slowed down and blissed a lot further out." -- Pitchfork, June 16, 2010
"One of the most beautiful albums of the year." -- BBC, July 12, 2010
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This album is a step back to their roots. Less electronic, though the electronic elements do add a great touch in these lighter tunes. The vocals are scarcely scattered throughout the album and the songs that do feature these soulful and calming vocals are gorgeously layered and some of the standouts on the album. Very remniscent of the Kenotic era, with songs like Breathturn and The world we knew when we were children sounding similar to "Blankets of Night" BUT remaining very original in their own way.
The songs have more hope in their sound and atmosphere, and a great deal of nostalgia is aroused through these layered and delicate compositions. IT is THE perfect music for engaging and relaxing at the same time. How it's been done is a mystery to me but all i can say is this album is SO damn beautiful and i'm sure many will agree with me. My favourite tracks include:
The backwards Step
In the Nothing of a Night
You lost the Starlight in your eyes
Something other than Remaining
Highly recommended for fans of ANY genre, Fans of remniscing, contemplating and simply relaxing.