Hamerkop are a Baltimore based duo comprised of New Zealander Annabel Alpers, known for being in the group Bachelorette and Adam Cooke, a drummer and studio engineer who has worked with Beach House, Wye Oak and Future Islands. Remote is their debut album which will be out on February 7th via Drag City. “The Splendour That Was Rome” is a new excerpt. Listen below.

Remote is the debut of Hamerkop — a song-cycle that contrasts everyday life with an idealized, longed-for fantasy world, seeking catharsis through the wedding of personal texts and sonic scrapbooks to lush melodic songscapes. The chill of their synth-pop is highlighted by the sighing of the human soul concealed within it. In the spaces between these things, Hamerkop finds the spot where we all feel great joy in our shared existence.