For those of us that like to listen to unintrusive music while we work, study, play, or for whatever reason, one band I really like at the moment that fits this bill is the band Hammock. They’re genre is classified on Wikipedia as post-rock, ambient, shoegazing, which is a new genre I just heard of and very fitting. For anyone who’s familiar with the ambient genre, this band is top notch using an entourage of musical gear and computers to make beautiful, serenely musical landscapes that put me into a euphoric state of mind. This kind of music I could listen to while doing just about anything productive, other than getting pumped up for no good reason. This music puts you in the right state of mind for anything that requires focus or relaxation. I like listening to them while at work when I’m working on my systems, or when I’m coding a web project or writing up server scripts. It’s not intrusive like most other music, especially any songs with lyrics, which most if not all of Hammock’s songs are without. I’ve been listening to them on YouTube, 8tracks and Soundcloud lately as there are plenty of mixes and tracks there including this wonderful band. Hammock has recently (2013) released a new album titled ‘Oblivion Hymns’ which, like their previous projects, is a #1 hit in the world of ambient music. While I write this article, I’m listening to the first track of Oblivion Hymns and I have to say it’s on par with their brilliance they’ve given the listeners time and time again. The first track, “My Mind Was A Fog…My Heart Became A Bomb” feels special and epic. I imagine hovering miles above the surface of the earth on a clear evening, as the sun sets, just peeking above the horizon. The sky goes from a deep, dark blue high above and fades to a beautiful orange with hints of pink hues within the edges of the gradient as it reaches the horizon. Gliding quietly above the earth, feeling the cool breeze on my face, only to be left alone in my thoughts of what life means to me and how beautiful our existence can be. Hammock’s music brings with it a sense of emotion and inner peace. It’s very gentle and warming while at the same time it gives the feeling of perpetuality as if time stands still and you live in a moment forever locked in serious delight. If you’ve never heard of this band, please take a moment in your busy life to sit and listen to something so surreal and relaxing. You’ll appreciate the simple complexity of such a beautiful sound.
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