brooklyn-based band the antlers got a lot of critical acclaim for their debut album hospice, released in 2009, but it wasn’t until last year when their songs kept popping up on my pandora that i consciously noticed them and started listening. in reading more about the band, i learned that it started with singer peter silberman, who began writing songs solo in his brooklyn home – these songs would make up hospice, a heavy concept album that was his elegy to a dying friend. in contrast, their new album burst apart does not have a central concept – silberman describes it as “less like one story and more like a change in a way of thinking over time. it begins in a pretty negative, anxious place, at arm’s length — and as it progresses, it becomes warmer and more trusting.”
that statement could be true about so many things.
but it certainly is an accurate decription for an album that opens with the lines “you wanna climb up the stairs i wanna push you back down,” (titled “i don’t want love”) and ends with the gorgeous “putting the dog to sleep” where he’s changed his tone and sings of not wanting to die alone.
no matter what he’s singing about, i couldn’t stop listening. i was surprised to learn that the group is a trio – the range of soaring instrumentals and dreamy atmosphere they build is deceptive. i’d love to see what they’re like live!
check out some of the songs from their new album below and let me know if you love them as much as i do.
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