Ambient shoegaze legends are back with more of the same, and it’s all bliss-out fantastic. Some tracks veer more towards standard post-rock, others shoegaze, and others ambient. “Narcoleptic dreamy ambience” (Your Imaginary Friend) and “bladerunnerdreamshoes” (Mister Esquire) sum up Hammock well.|
RIYL Slow Dancing Society, Eluvium, Stars of the Lid, Bowery Electric, grandiose somewhat cheesy post-rock
Favorites: 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, 14, 16
1. (5:13) Turn Away and Return—Crescendoing pensive ambience, strings and light keyboards.
2. (6:23) *** Clarity—Glowing uplifting post-rock epic.
3. (5:18) Glassy Blue—Strummed guitar, lush strings, thick ambient textures, emo vocals.
4. (3:17) **** Dissonance—Enveloping, skyward shoegaze. “We keep dreaming in the wake of the shadows.”
5. (5:04) Marathon Boy—Somber, feels like Grouper.
6. (6:39) * We Could Have Been Beautiful Again—Melancholic post-rock with some build-ups and releases. What sounds like a recorded phone call at one point. Brings to mind Explosions in the Sky.
7. (3:58) Everything and Nothing—Sludgier post-rock with confessional vocals.
8. (4:50) ** She was in the Field Counting Stars—Calm, hopeful, sometimes breaks the calm and enters a chugging post-rock rhythm.
9. (3:34) Burning Down the Fascination—Heavy percussion, purposeful.
10. (4:29) Wasted We Stared at the Ceiling—Grand, maudlin strings and clapping beat.
11. (5:00) ** Reverence—Contemplative guitar, some bass fills, twilight sense of loss. Sounds like Benoît Pioulard.
12. (3:18) I Will Become the Ground You Walk On—Cantu-Ledesma type ambient track with strings.
13. (5:35) We Were So Young—Most distinguishable vocals. Outsized, heart-on-sleeve rock.
14. (6:07) * You Walk Around… Shining Like the Sun—Gleaming, fresh, wide-eyed.
15. (4:32) Unspoken—Female and male vocals at the forefront, electric guitar, gets more and more yearning and hopeful.
16. (3:16) * Before You Float Away into Nothing—Liturgical organ, last forty seconds ambient with a muffled field recording.