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Editors’ Notes

With 2009’s Hospice, Peter Silberman recruited drummer Michael Lerner and multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci to help flesh-out what was supposed to be another solo album, but an uncanny chemistry resulted. The music birthed on 2011’s Burst Apart is the sound of this chemistry solidifying with stunning beauty and confidence. A confessional “I Don’t Want Love” opens flirting with OK Computer-era Radiohead as glimmering electro flourishes and lilting guitar lines compliment Silberman’s woeful falsettos before “French Exit” takes an uncomplicated approach to melodic chamber-pop by building on primary parts to create elemental dynamics with a less-is-more ethos. “Parentheses” is an amazing standout that digs a bit deeper into electronic influences (namely, Boards Of Canada and early recordings by Air) with sequenced beats, pulsing bass loops and Silberman’s high inflections singing soulfully over his band’s organic mechanics. “Rolled Together” gets into Sigur Rós-inspired atmospheres with an infectious lyrical mantra. Bonus track “Tongue Tied” is a robotic dirge with Silberman channeling the future ghost of Thom Yorke.

Customer Reviews

A sophisticated and introspective wonder

New York's The Antlers theatrical Burst Apart LP released in early May, nimbly supported by the vocalist's dramatic falsetto and equally breathtaking musicianship that would cause Radiohead's Thom Yorke to make hasty notes. Burst Apart surges on some tracks, then switches to profound introspection throughout this smoldering album. The Antlers close the album with the 21st century slow-dance "Putting the Dog to Sleep", reminding listeners that this selection of confident songs might be spending considerable time in your home, car, or workplace.

Brilliant Follow-up to Hospice.

Now that the Antlers are a trio, their sound has expanded much past the minimalistic beauty of Hospice. 'I Don't Want Love' opens with the same kind of feel that we would expect from the Antlers, but the next track 'French Exit' has kind of a head bobbing rhythm to it. Next is the Radioheadesque 'Parentheses', but the album doesn't move in any specific direction, but carves a new path of its own.


Wasn't a big fan of Hospice, but this and the Undersea EP are amazing. Truly great music.


Formed: 2006 in New York, NY [Brooklyn]

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Evolving from Peter Silberman's bedroom recordings to a fully realized band, for Brooklyn-based the Antlers, what started out as a solo lo-fi folk project progressed quickly into a colossal-sounding chamber pop group. After self-recording a handful of albums in a kamikaze fashion -- Uprooted (recorded just before and after moving in 2007), The February Tape (recorded in a bathtub in an hour), In the Attic of the Universe (a single ambient song stretched into an album), and Cold War (an album with...
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