The Antlers are a Brooklyn-based 3-piece indie rock band who formed in 2006. They were always one of those groups everyone hyped about and for whatever reason took me forever to look up. I try to keep a healthy dosage of skepticism as to not be too over/underwhelmed by most things, and I really wasn’t sure I heeded the validity of the lofty claims surrounding The Antlers. Yeah yeah yeah… passionate, heart-felt songwriting… profound beauty… never heard anything like it… album of the year… I’m sure I’m sure. Some time in 2012 when I got around to listening to their masterpiece album “Burst Apart”, I swiftly learned what I’d been missing. It was one of those rare coveted moments when you double take, having your perceptions drawn from the murk of daily consciousness into sharp focus. The Antlers demanded undivided attentiveness, divulging emotion straight from the heart in the form of meticulously-detailed, profound, gorgeous sound. They are at once a quiet open field, a blazing sun, an ice-cold ocean wave and a smoke-gray thunder cloud; a first kiss and final goodbye, love letter and death certificate.
Originating as a solo project by singer/guitarist Peter Silberman, The Antlers’ first 2 albums were distributed as a limited self-release. Later joined by fellow core members Michael Lerner and Darby Cicci, together they have since crafted some of the most highly-acclaimed and important works of the genre. Conceptual LP “Hospice” is an exceptional album spanning pin-drop quiet fragility to gain-laden exultations, lyrically following a tragic tale of love amidst ailing health. Their most recent, 4-song EP “Undersea” represents an enjoyable study in even-paced, dream-grooving acoustics. However, I believe 2011’s “Burst Apart” LP to be their single greatest achievement, resting proudly alongside the most magnificent indie albums of all time – a flawless execution of artistic brilliance. Update: The Antlers have released their highly anticipated new album “Familiars”, a gorgeous and emotional extension of their softer, sweeter side.
Favourite track: Putting The Dog To Sleep (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsOgFgc5f5w)… I feel like I should preface this with a spoiler alert, giving away the album ender and all.