The ambient band Hammock had somewhat of a tumultuous 2010, which I covered here and here, but that didn’t stop them from releasing two of my favorite records of the year, Chasing After Shadows… Living With the Ghosts and The Longest Year EP. The video for “Dark Beyond the Blue,” one of Longest Year’s best tracks, is streaming above. It was directed by Hammock’s Andrew Thompson.
Amid the chaos, the band also found time to collaborate with the Nashville singer/songwriter Matthew Ryan on a lush, Cure-esque song called “Like New Year’s Day,” which was made public today, naturally. It’s streaming now on Bandcamp. Hammock have sporadically included vocals on previous work, but this is the first time they’ve been presented so prominently. The shift works beautifully.