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Oct 08, 2015

Slow Meadow

Grey Cloud Lullaby
Meeting through mutual friends in the Nashville scene, Slow Meadow's Matt Kidd met up with Hammock's Marc Byrd, describing the meeting as "really great to connect with a person who saw how much this stuff matters." Common interests led eventually to collaborating (along with Byrd's bandmate, Andrew Thompson) on two tracks on the debut album,Slow Meadow, the first non-Hammock release on Hammock Music. Working mostly alone, Kidd developed his own strategy to make the music he makes. "Usually I would sit with a guitar, find a drone-like texture with some pedals that I liked and see what melodies came out." But after finding Hammock's music, Kidd says "it was the first time I felt like I was tapping into a bigger picture." "I think slow music is so important," says Kidd. "I can't tell you exactly why but the more I listened to ambient, the less excitement I wanted. I started hearing so much in very small musical statements." It starts out tentative, opening track "Linen Garden Pt. 1", a slow piano rotating through a beautiful and somber chord progression while heavenly drones and accents begin to fill in the spaces out on the edges of this music, this deceptively simple yet powerful music.

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