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Posted Apr 4th, 2011 (12:42 pm) by Alex Gordon
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After the widespread adoration of 2009's Hospice, The Antlers return with a follow-up that aims to match their debut's melancholic charm while churning their sound into something with a little more density. Their new track "Parentheses" gives us every reason to believe they will succeed.

During SXSW last month, The Antlers showcased tunes from their forthcoming release Burst Apart (due out in May). Check out this video via NPR of their performance on the 17th, it's forty-five minutes long but the sound is great and the songs are memorable.

"Parentheses" starts out familiarly enough: quivering, shaking anticipation and eery noises. But when the drums come in, the song really starts to take off. It's distinctively more rhythmic and groove-oriented than most of the stuff on Hospice and that's a great direction for them to pursue. When vocalist Peter Silberman enters with his trademark operatic croons, everything we've loved about The Antlers seems to come into focus. Once the bass kicks in, it becomes clear that this is not Hospice. This is something far more interesting, much less whimsical and hopefully, not quite as sad.

And don't forget to check out our interview with The Antlers from last March.

Burst Apart is out on May 10th on Frenchkiss Records. Click here for pre-order and free download of "Parentheses." Find The Antlers on tour here.


Burst Apart
1. Intro
2. I Don’t Want Love
3. French Exit
4. Parentheses
5. No Widows
6. Rolled Together
7. Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out
8. Hounds
9. Corsicana
10. Putting the Dog to Sleep

*Photograph by Drew Reynolds.

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