NO LANDS Releases Debut Single, New Album Out 7/29
New Amsterdam Records is proud to announce Negative Space, the debut full-length from No Lands, the recording project of Brooklyn-based electronic musician and sound artist Michael Hammond. No Lands has also revealed "City,"a track from Negative Space. "This song was written about a life-altering phone call, in which I found out some devastating news," Hammond said about the track. "It's about leaving a place, mentally and physically, and realizing you can never go back."
Negative Space was mixed by Alexander Overington and mastered by Joe Lambert. In addition to digital and CD, the album will be available on 12" vinyl, including a limited-edition run of clear vinyl. Negative Space will see a release on July 29, 2014 via New Amsterdam. No Lands will celebrate the release of Negative Space with a performance at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn with Lorna Dune (Victoire) on August 24, 2014.
"City" is available to stream or embed here.
Pre-order the album here.
As a sound designer, producer, and programmer, Hammond has fostered a lifelong obsession with sound. Growing up in West Tennessee in the 90s, Hammond first began his recording experiments on the family desktop computer, printing his sprawling opuses on CD-Rs and pushing the limits of primitive processors.
Later, Hammond spent time creating custom music software and soldering together speakers in a search for new sounds. Studying with visionary composer and instrument builder Dan Trueman at Princeton University, Hammond further honed his technical craft. On Negative Space, some of these tools are employed, along with an arsenal of guitars, vintage synthesizers, drum machines, and processed vocals to create pristine and enveloping sound worlds.
Written and recorded over the course of 3 years, the album is an atlas of the sounds that have preoccupied Hammond. While the majority of the instruments were performed by Hammond, the album features cameos from Anthony LaMarca (current touring member of The War on Drugs and previously a member of St. Vincent), Aaron Roche (who performs regularly with R. Stevie Moore and Chris Schlarb), and Jay Hammond.
When performing live, Hammond is joined by these musicians. The four-piece becomes a digital hive mind of wires and devices, with each individual's vocals and instruments filtered through the central brain of Hammond's computer.