I don’t think it’s too early to declare an album of the year. Hammock does everything right. Chasing After Shadows is perfect in every way. The album is a combination of Raising Your Voice and Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow. It’s not a strict guitar and cello ambient album like Maybe They Will Sing and it’s more closer musically to the songs on Kenotic and Raising Your Voice, but the soundscapes are as lush as they were on Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow. There’s no band making beautiful ambient music better then Hammock. Marc Byrd, Andrew Thompson, and Matt Slocum have done it again.
The album starts with The Backward Step, a thick bass line, something we haven’t heard much of from Hammock. Then the drums and guitars kick in and take you away. The song is reminiscent of Floating Away In Every Direction, only more beautiful.
Like all Hammock records, when it’s over you sigh and wish there was more. The songs on Chasing After Shadows are longer, almost more focused then previous efforts. The record moves in and out of lush soundscapes, as the listener sits, meditates, and enjoys. There is no flaw on Chasing After Your Shadows, just like there’s no flaw in Hammock’s catalog. It’s another beautiful symphony of music from one of the best bands in the world.