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August 24, 2009
IN THE TUBE
We here at JM.com love The Antlers – we’ve featured them twice in our Monthly Feature show, and cover them live any chance we get. Hospice is one of the more refreshing albums to come from a Brooklyn artist this year, and a contender for my year-end list. It’s a heartbreaking document of loss and solidarity, and perhaps should be seen as 2009’s answer to Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago…only without all the snow.
Hospice track “Two” is the kind of song that is all about a build-up; what starts as a simple guitar strum, and whispered vocals in five minutes manages to transform into a clashing mass of organs, drums, and shouts. It becomes something enormous, fitting for a song about a relationship between two people – it’s a small number to count on your fingers, but with people, two might as well be infinite.
In the video for “Two,” we see an animated version of frontman Peter Silberman sitting alone on his floor, strumming that guitar part. Balls of color float away from the neck with every note he plays, filling his small room. As each instrument is added, the video cuts to another member of the band, playing by himself, colors pouring from the music. By the time the build-up is finished, the rooms are brimming with these colors. Eventually, there is too much for the room to hold, and the color breaks out into the street. And just as this happens, the animated Silberman breaks apart into pieces, and floats away with the color.
Silberman puts everything into his music. For listeners, that’s great – the music on Hospice will get played over and over before you’re ready to listen to something else. But, what makes The Antlers such a special band, is that even through all this catharsis, it’s never resolved. The build-ups don’t lead to a sense of relief; they just end right back at square one. It seems like everything is going to get better, and then it breaks apart. The colors escape the apartment, as they can’t fix anything, even in such huge numbers. And in the end, the image of Silberman’s head floating out with the color is the one that resonates. Just because you can turn a problem into something beautiful, doesn’t mean you are any better for it in the end.
by Max Sebela
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JezebelMusic.com @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 29, 2009 | Au Revoir Simone w/ the Antlers
Brooklyn darlings Au Revoir Simone and The Antlers’ tour is heavily underway, but I thought we could all do a little musing in their absence. The gang began their journey a few weeks ago at a fittingly sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg show, the crowd an even blend of creatively coiffed underage girls, nerdy MacWorld attendees, and (surprise surprise) self-proclaimed members of the press. Interestingly enough, no one was really dancing; something about the eight-dollar cocktails and the professional stage lighting. For Au Revoir Simone, the setting made perfect sense. But for The Antlers, I for one would have rather seen them in some parent-free suburban basement.
Their rollicking, dense sound can be likened to the Arcade Fire, but with a fraction of the people onstage. Peter Silberman, Darby Cicci, and Michael Lerner aren’t just three guys capitalizing on the usual tropes that come with pedals and loops. They are three guys playing six instruments at once (especially Cicci, whose Wurlitzer was topped by another keyboard, and supported below by organ pedals, which he proceeded to play with his socked feet.) Each song is melodically simple, lyrically verbose, and gently fleshed out through the layering of musical parts. Silberman’s vocals are trembling, yearning, wailing, painting the perfect scene of lost potential and malaise. The build is epic, often celebratory, and backed by some of the tightest drumming I’ve heard at a show. At the end of the set, they loosened the reins a bit to let Lerner really fly, exemplifying what live music should be – spontaneous, underpolished, and passionate
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