Hammock
Oblivion Hymns


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
November 25th, 2013 | 92 replies | 12,009 views


Release Date: 11/26/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Forever floating in outer space.

You died and ended up in heaven. There is a faint sound droning in the background, made up of sparse, icy piano leads and strings, while gorgeously accompanied by a children choir. Immediately, this soothing feeling of ease runs through you, thinking this is the serene setting you'll experience forever. All the remembrance aside, when you open your eyes, a bright light occurs in the distance, so you start walking towards it. Suddenly, the music gets louder and a cold wind starts blowing. Also, this slight fear that you'll never reach for that flicker of light sinks in. At the same time, the lovely melody slowly morphs into an intense, bitter requiem that sounds more and more detached. The road narrows and it looks like you're stuck in a loop, while the sun gradually slips over the horizon, giving way for the moon and stars to rise. As the night falls, you feel lost and panicked, as if trying to shove your way through an overcrowded street. At some point, gravity ceases, so everything around starts to float and in the distance, several waves of cosmic debris are visible. It feels like time has stopped, while the light fades away into the myriad of stars that don't have the power to brighten all surroundings. As hope starts to become a loss, the warmth of dawn seems million miles away. All your memories have been erased and you don't even remember who you are or why are you floating in mid-space.

No matter how much one can relate or not, this is one of the scenarios Hammock's music paints in my mind. Their records can be both soothing or saddening, depending on the mood and Oblivion Hymns is no different. Besides providing the same, otherworldly experience each album is gifted with, the latest enriches the formula mainly with a children choir, string quartet and several other instruments. The results are again surprisingly touching, especially on centerpiece, "Like A Valley With No Echo" and the hauntingly beautiful 'Holding Your Absence', that build on eerie layers of synthesizers, haunting piano lines and effects-soaked guitars. Also, 'I Could Hear The Water At The Edge Of All Things' boasts some infectious leads, giving way to a pristine, a capella choir-led coda, while the lush, 'Hope Becomes A Loss' is a fitting finale since it grows into a droning wall of sound that concludes with the grandiose, 'Tres Domine'. Even if these tunes might be more prominent than others on this sluggish journey, each is essential.

Although it doesn't surpass their latest mammoth masterpiece, Departure Songs, it's a natural progression to their transcending discography. This neoclassical-meets-post-rock direction opens new doors for Hammock, because there's an expanding foundation on which these guys can add all the defining elements and more. On the surface it might not seem much different, but they have always hinted towards it and Oblivion Hymns leaves the listener anxious for the next move. Luckily, it won't take long, as the band has already started recording demos somewhere high up in the mountains.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2013



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gay/cheesy/cliched or not, this is less a review and more about how I feel listening to Hammock. I didn't think they'd pull it off roughly a year after the amazing Departure Songs, but they did. Constructive criticism appreciated.

Stream it here - http://www.clashmusic.com/news/album-premiere-hammock-oblivion-hymns

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minty901
November 25th 2013



1913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

all the songs that were released before the stream sounded terrible to me so im not sure if i will bother.

minty901
November 25th 2013



1913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2013



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really like it. It's one of their slowest records, but it has its beauty. Thanks!

mindleviticus
November 25th 2013



7932 Comments


Gay, cliched and cheesy

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2013



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's okay, like I said, it's one of the things I imagine when listening to Hammock. I don't expect others to agree with it.

jmnewcomer18
November 25th 2013



3409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review and album

aircycle
November 26th 2013



634 Comments


jesus christ this band has way too much material

Amphoteric
November 26th 2013



1047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's pretty incredible how much quality material they write, they're already writing and recording their next album too.

aircycle
November 26th 2013



634 Comments


i mean yeah it's all good, i just don't understand how they can write 6 albums of this and not get bored at all lol

wojodta
November 26th 2013



56 Comments


this sounds nothing like their previous albums

Amphoteric
November 26th 2013



1047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's similar to Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow, but it is different from the rest.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2013



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All of their albums are great, but I hope they move in a different direction for their next release.

Zackkkk
November 26th 2013



65 Comments


Anyone know who is singing on Tres Domine? I'd love if they made an album with that vocalist on most of the tracks.

CK
November 26th 2013



4513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I personally think this sounds like Chasing After Shadows... without the post-rock

RadicalEd
November 27th 2013



2435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They are way to productive xD

iwasnvrurbf
November 27th 2013



626 Comments


need to check this out
nice review

minty901
November 27th 2013



1913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is cheesy as fuck. nice though i guess. but so cheesy.

RadicalEd
November 27th 2013



2435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"this album is cheesy as fuck. nice though i guess. but so cheesy. "

this band is cheesy as fuck. nice though. but so cheesy.

minty901
November 27th 2013



1913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

theyve never pushed it this far before. not even close.



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