Our good friend Anton Belov has released his first recording, “Synecdoche”, as part of his new solo project and upcoming album “Piano Works I”. The original is a beautiful track, and we hope you enjoy our reinterpretation.
"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.
Disquiet is a benefit compilation of ambient artists created by our friends Hollie and Keith Kenniff. It spans four volumes, with 100% of the proceeds going to non-profits that support the environment, investigative journalism, women and minorities. Our new piece titled "In the Shape of Longing" is featured on Volume I, along with tracks from other contributing artists including Eluvium, Balmorhea, Helios, Ben Lukas Boysen, The Album Leaf, Mint Julep, Windy and Carl, Benoît Pioulard, Synkro, and Christina Vantzou. Get it here.
We've just completed scoring a film by Kogonada called Columbus, starring John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey, Rory Culkin, and Michelle Forbes. It premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was reviewed positively by The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, LA Times and NBC News. The movie currently is 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and has a 94 on Metacritic.