August 23, 2009

The Antlers - Hospice
My Thoughts: Love More (<3)

The Antlers' new record is soft and brooding, even when things get really distorted and cymbal heavy. The album is dark, not in the "evil" sense but in the "sad" sense. If sounds like the band is just barely getting through the songs, constantly on the edge of simple not being able to continue. It is also beautiful, in the way that new life sprouting from a forest fire is. It is the sound of fresh rain on a new meadow. It's darkness is highlighted by the moments of blissful hopefulness, bringing you to the edge of tears and then slowly drawing you back.

It's a slow record, and definitely needs to be given it's time, but it's good enough that if you just start listening to it, you day will slowly melt away to fit the record into it, because once you start, you're not going to want to stop. I don't know how they're going to do it live, but I can't wait to see it at Monolith. I'll probably cry, like the big baby I am.

The Antlers - Atrophy

The Antlers - Bear
The Antlers - Sylvia

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