[ JANUARY | 2010 ]
These days, it seems, we no longer have to concern ourselves with distance. Ever since the telephone, in-between has gotten smaller and smaller. But one thing remains important – the places we are.
This glimmering and expansive EP is a testament to the life spent where we are, strange since it was composed in far-flung places: Iceland, Arkansas, New York. During the US premiere of Riceboy Sleeps (curated by Josh for friends Jonsi and Alex), Josh Varnedore and Amman Abbasi (Abbasi Brothers) decided to go to Iceland on a quest to make unique and beautiful music. After recording a few tracks there, they collaborated with Hammock and, before long, a collection of songs were born. Even without these auspicious beginnings, the music stands for itself – great expanses – open, wide and inviting.
To further support these tracks, video director David Altobelli, (Hammock, Arms and Sleepers, M83) lovingly captured the track Leawood’s quiet nostalgia perfectly.
Magnificent, wide and warm , these 5 tracks transgress distance and seemingly bend time. Composed in Iceland, Arkansas and in New York, they are grounded in something familiar, poignant and slightly epic. Featuring Hammock. Offered on the new ‘Folio’ series, hand printed on letterpress, in a short-run of 500. FOR FANS OF: Riceboy Sleeps, Hammock, July Skies.
Design – Æther Bureau
Mastered By – Ryan Coseboom
Recorded and produced by– Amman Abbasi and Josh Varnedore
Songwriters – Amman Abbasi, Hammock (tracks: 5), Josh Varnedore