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Last Night We Became Swans

by The Summer Kills

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juz1 Masterpiece- soundscape and lyrics.
Keep it up guys- LOVE IT!!!! Favorite track: From a Hill in the Dark in the South.
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Woj This is the album that U2 could have - and should have - made after Achtung Baby. But while Bono and Co were busy cheating on their taxes, the always reliable lads from Hammock have quietly released what is, in my opinion, the most hauntingly beautiful recording I have heard in recent memory, and am not likely to hear the likes of again in the foreseeable future. Even the most hardened grindcore aficionado will be left a quivering, sobbing jellied mess by its conclusion. Favorite track: Summer Kills.
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Fabio Colacino Today "Summer kills" is my favourite track, tomorrow will be "Don't go away" or another one... "Last night we became swans" is a wonderful album. :) Favorite track: Summer Kills.
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Stop 05:28
Collide 04:50
Summer Kills 05:36
November 05:09


Last Night We Became Swans is a study in contrasts. It is expansive and tight, physical and intelligent, mannerly and immensely urgent. It luxuriates in the paradoxes of love - its euphoria and its plodding routines. It meditates on the life-changing jolt of new love or sudden violence. This collaboration between ambient masters Hammock and singer/songwriter Matthew Ryan delivers a record so sweeping that you imagine yourself floating suspended over some glimmering metropolis, yet so intimate that you can feel Ryan's breath in your ear.

It took seven years for this record to come to fruition. "The reason we've waited so long to realize it is mainly due to the fact that we're relentlessly stubborn," Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson of Hammock say. "We were dedicated to it being as perfect as possible," Ryan adds. "Having to satisfy each of our instincts and standards." Hammock are established as leaders in versatile post-rock composition, and Matthew Ryan is an acclaimed songwriter about whom adjectives like "gritty" and "blue collar" are bandied about far too much. The combination, like a rough hand on a silk dress, is arresting. They collaborated with Peter Katis, who works with artists ranging from The National to Japandroids, to mix the album, and the result is a lush and immediate soundtrack to a modern love story.

With the elegant, anime-future aesthetic of Hammock swelling and cresting under Matthew Ryan's vocals, singles like the title track and "Don't Go Away" are intimate, heart-wrenching gems, while "Collide" could be at home in a boozy Ibiza nightclub or a cavernous Chelsea warehouse flat. With a sonic foundation calling to mind Brian Eno, Steve Reich and Daniel Lanois commingling with the pop acumen of New Order, U2 or Interpol, The Summer Kills have delivered an utterly immersive, utterly ravishing album.


released April 27, 2018

Photography of The Summer Kills by Jack Spencer. Album cover photography by Jeremy Brooks.

Music by Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson
Words and Voice by Matthew Ryan
Backing Vocals by Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson
Strings by Matt Slocum
Mixed by Peter Katis
Mastered by Joe Lambert
Layout by Ben Walker


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The Summer Kills Nashville, Tennessee

It took seven years for The Summer Kills (Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson of the ambient duo Hammock, along with singer/songwriter Matthew Ryan) to perfect their debut full-length collaboration. The result is a romantic and emotionally expansive album that swells and moves like the soundtrack to an epic, troubled love story. ... more

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