February 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: Hammock – Oblivion Hymns

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Hammock
Oblivion Hymns
Hammock Music
Street: 11.26.13
Hammock = Stars of the Lid + Grouper
What duo Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson have created with Oblivion Hymns is an atmospheric album fit for a cathartic and, ultimately, holy experience. The instrumentation, which includes a string quartet, a children’s choir (that sounds like a choir of angels on “Then the Quiet Explosion”), glockenspiel and more, builds a cathedral of sound with slow buildups that reach to an apotheosis of hallowed intimacy. I wouldn’t be surprised if “I Could Hear the Water at the Edge of All Things” was spawned by conversations with God or some spiritual essence. If you’re looking for a sacred experience, this is where you can find one, and these hymns are best listened to with reverence to feel uplifted. –Brinley Froelich
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