HEAR IT FIRST
We’re following up 2017’s critically-acclaimed Mysterium with Universalis, the second installment of a planned three-album series. While Mysterium took listeners down a horizontal path that explored themes of death and grief, Universalis begins a vertical, upward movement back toward the light.
See the video for Cliffside, the second single from our upcoming LP, Universalis.
Today we're pleased to release the second of two A/B singles we're putting out in 2018. This release includes two new songs: "Floating World" and "Snowburn."
"We loved working with the folks at Ubisoft and the process of reimagining Dan Romer's music. We weren't sure what to expect when we accepted their invitation. The direction they gave us was simple: 'Just do what you do... give these pieces the Hammock treatment.' It was great to be trusted so much, which made for a wonderful experience.
"Some of our listeners might be skeptical about 'game music' and we completely understand that position - we were probably skeptical ourselves - but when all was said and done, we felt like we were able to create some genuine moments of melancholic beauty. Our hope is that longtime Hammock listeners will find this music to be something they can both enjoy and appreciate." - Marc
Hammock’s original score for Kogonada’s award-winning film starring John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, and Parker Posey. “Columbus” features world-renowned architecture from Columbus, Indiana, alongside a deeply intellectual storyline about family and parental relationships. Kogonada sought out Hammock to create the soundtrack after reading an interview with the band. “They were talking about the relationship between absence and presence in their music – which was a mind-blowing moment – and I thought, ‘They have to be the music for this film.’” The movie has been praised by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Washington Post, The New Yorker, and Variety, and it has a Metacritic score of 89 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”, and a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Hammock returns on August 25 with Mysterium, the band’s eighth album since its founding in 2003. Composed as a memorial to Clark Kern, a son-like figure to Hammock co-founder Marc Byrd who died in 2016 from the tumor strain NF2, Mysterium merges modern classical, ambient, and choral music, and it’s of a piece with recent records by Max Richter and Jóhann Jóhannsson.
The gorgeous, hour-long collection features contributions from the Berlin mix engineer Francesco Donadello (Winged Victory for the Sullen, Ólafur Arnalds), Peter Katis (The National, Jónsi, Interpol), and the Hamburg orchestrator Roman Vinuesa (“Iris,” “Umrika”), who transcribed scores for the Budapest Art Choir.