Friday, May 28, 2010

Two and a Half Questions with Hammock

Tell us a bit about the title of the album, "Chasing After Shadows... Living with the Ghosts". Is there a story behind it?
There is no specific story. It's a general statement about human existence. Shadows represent reflection but not true reality. We all chase after things that are not real at times. It could be our own perception of ourselves or of the world as a whole. Living with the Ghosts, well I know that neither of us believe in ghosts. We are however haunted by circumstances and events that have happened in our lives. It could be the loss of someone through death or the end of a relationship, etc. Something we never fully recovered from, despite every attempt to do so. We all have our personal symbolic ghosts.

You talk about setting no limitations for "Chasing...". How does the theme and sound emerge when there are no constraints?
We pretty much went for whatever the song called for. We employed a string section & horns for the first time based on that approach. We've always worked with Matt Slocum for cello & did again on this release, but we pushed ourselves a bit further sonically & texturally because the batch of songs we had written called for a somewhat different approach than we were used to.

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Read the entire interview on Headphone Commute

See also Headphone Commute's review of Chasing After Shadows... Living with the Ghosts

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