The Antlers – “Hotel”
The Antlers are currently on tour.
The Antlers – “Hotel”
The Antlers are currently on tour.
July 14, 2014
The Brooklyn band frequently finds inspiration in dark places: On 2009’s Hospice, singer-guitarist Peter Silberman reflects on terminal illness and emotional abuse, while this year’s Familiars turns the Buddhist notion of bardo, a state of being between incarnations, into the impetus for a dialog about multiple selves.
Whether or not you notice his intentions, it’s hard not to be swept away by The Antlers’ dreamy, ambient pop melodies. Familiars is felt in the heart, not the head. Here, the band performs “Doppelganger” in a gorgeous studio session. Head over to watch three more videos documenting the band’s recent appearance.
The Antlers will release their new album, Familiars, on June 17th through ANTI- Records. Recorded and produced at the band’s Brooklyn studio with mixing done by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Future Islands), the forthcoming nine-track offering is preceded by the understated lead single “Palace”. Today, the Brooklyn trio has unveiled “Hotel”, another architecturally-titled taste of the forthcoming album.
While not as downbeat as “Palace”, “Hotel” is still slow-morning with smooth electric guitars, spacey synths, muted piano chords, and velvety horns. Vocalist Peter Silberman’s pained croon soars when sings, “in the hotel, I can’t remember how the past felt” echoing the drama of their excellent 2011 album Burst Apart. Listen in below [click on image]
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CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
The Antlers released Undersea with a Facebook video featuring a pair of dolphins swirling around in an After Dark screensaver like you’d see in your tenth grade classroom. The text reads: “Happy Undersea! Thank you from Antlercorp! Love, Darby, Michael and Peter.” Such a video could never have paired with 2009’s Hospice (a concept album about a hospice worker and a patient dying of cancer), or last year’s Burst Apart, which was devastating in its own way. And earlier this month, the band posted a promotional video entitled “What would flipper do (wwfd)?”, with yet another pair-o-dolphins. So, it’s clear that things are looking a bit less bleak for this beloved Brooklyn-based band.
Undersea, according to The Antlers’ Web site, is “the serenity of drifting off to sleep or sinking to the bottom of the ocean,” and the band executed its vision damn near perfectly. The EP moves like an octopus traversing the big blue: the slow guitar, meditative drums, haunting horns, and effects sink into four tracks that almost listen as one, yet stand out individually.
“Drift Drive” fosters the album’s theme as a saxophone and synthesizers swirl around Peter Silberman’s croon, singing that “the planet drowns in a hundred days/dissolving into a million pieces in a billion places.” The eight-minute “Endless Ladder” drifts deeper into ambient headphone effects than the band has ever gone before. “Crest”, the most surprising (and sexy) piece of Undersea, sees Silberman’s signature falsetto climb to the next level, as he hits lines like “bathe underwater with me” and “I’m the ocean under you.” The song’s slow haunt sounds like a sister track for Burst Apart’s “Rolled Together”, though “Crest” rocks a little less hard (we are drifting in the ocean, after all).
The textural, deep-dive tracks of Undersea are a refreshing transition, recorded during a two-month block of time off. There’s also more coming in the near future, as Silberman told Rolling Stone: “I’m ready to make the next record. I feel like I’m in a really good place.” Until then, we’ll drift about with this EP.
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Singer Peter Silberman discusses Brooklyn band’s new EP, ‘Undersea’
By Rolling Stone
July 24, 2012 12:00 PM ET
For 2009’s Hospice and last year’s Burst Apart, the Antlers ventured into dark territory. The former painted a picture of the tumultuous relationship between a hospice worker and a terminally ill patient, while the latter focused on the pain of moving on from a difficult experience. Now, armed with a new, more uplifting release, the Brooklyn-based indie-rock band can see the bright light at the end of a very murky tunnel.
“It’s really closing the door on a lot of dark shit from the past,” frontman Peter Silberman tells Rolling Stone of Undersea, a four-song EP due July 24th. “I’m prepared to start over and write about now.”
Touring behind some emotionally draining material weighed heavily on Silberman. To that end, when the Antlers (who also include multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci and drummer Michael Lerner) returned home and found themselves with a block of time to record, it was a welcome relief. The band entered the studio with no material, but Silberman says they quickly found themselves bursting with inspiration. “It’s funny, because we go into a lot of these recording situations, and once we get started we just let out all of these ideas . . . like, ‘Oh, shit, two and a half months? We could make two full-length albums. That’s easy,'” he explains. Eventually however, the band would flesh out their creative output, narrowing down the material to the four tracks that comprise Undersea. “It sort of formed itself,” says Silberman.
Undersea, a collection of highly textural, swooning songs that dip and crater under a bevy of electronic flourishes, started to take on a general aquatic feel about a month into the recording process, the singer says. “We just started to feel like everything was swaying, and the textures that we were bringing to it were these very organic natural sounds, even though they were also kind of fun and alien,” he recalls of the inspiration for the album title.
With these four cuts the singer started to shy away from the lyrical density of his past creative output. “I think it’s been my challenge the past couple of records to try and say more with less,” he says, adding that a less narrative-based approach to his lyrics has allowed him to focus on the things he’s trying to create and “not try to cram as much as humanly possible into one song.”
The tracks on Undersea do, however, delve into some heady topics. On “Endless Ladder,” an eight-minute-plus, piano-anchored epic that climaxes with what Silberman describes as “a fucking rainforest” of sound, the singer ponders the existence of a parallel universe.
“If I’m really here now in a place and time/ does someone look just like me on another side?” he ponders. Minutes later, during “Zelda,” a couple becomes suspicious of whether or not their lives are actually real (“I’m here to tell you/ we’re not awake yet,” the narrator protests). “All this kind of reality-questioning kind of shit . . . I enjoy it,” the singer says with a laugh. “I feel like it’s a massive personality shift for me.”
Silberman says that now with his more positive outlook he’s ready to continue exploring what the future holds for the Antlers. “I’m ready to make the next record,” he says. “I feel like I’m in a really good place.”