Hammock’s Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson: “People think they can do ambient music if they just have the right pedalboard, and they can’t. It’s an art form in itself”

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20 years into their recording career, ambient duo Hammock have emerged with their most ambitious, life-affirming and guitar-stuffed album to date. Devised by Nashville-based guitarists-cum-producers Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson, Love in the Void is Hammock’s 12th LP.

The recording took place over 10 days at Trace Horse Studios and featured contributions from outside musicians and engineers. “When you get to a point where you feel comfortable failing in front of one another,” Byrd says, “that’s when the magic starts to happen.” 

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Ellie Rogers

Since graduating university with a degree in English, Ellie has spent the last decade working in a variety of media, marketing and live events roles. As well as being a regular contributor to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and GuitarWorld.com, she currently heads up the marketing team of a mid-scale venue in the south-west of England. She started dabbling with guitars around the age of seven and has been borderline obsessed ever since. She has a particular fascination with alternate tunings, is forever hunting for the perfect slide for the smaller-handed guitarist, and derives a sadistic pleasure from bothering her drummer mates with a preference for “f**king wonky” time signatures.