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The Antlers, a Brooklyn-based indie-ethereal trio led by singer/songwriter Peter Silberman, find themselves drifting toward jazzy Prefab Spout territory for their fourth studio album, Familiars. Though Silberman has graciously accepted the help of additional bandmates Darby Cicci and Michael Lerner, he’s still largely in his own head with sounds that suggest a solitary figure musing past midnight. Cicci pays her own freight by adding vocals in key spots. Her sudden emergence during “Revisited,” a track already flirting with greatness, takes the song to another dimension that justifies its more than seven-minute length, while she invigorates “Parade” to the point of pushing it nearly uptempo. With just nine songs, each track is practically an epic itself, a perfect approach for music that requires time to unspool and expand into the night air. Horn arrangements further augment the sound and tilt toward jazz, without turning the somber vibe into anything ersatz. “Director” finds a touch of Talk Talk in its placid beauty.

Customer Reviews

Can't do it.

Oh, boy. Three stars for an Antlers album? Yeah, generous. Usually, I'm swept up in the vocal, the melody, and the overall feel. This album just has feel. Yeah, of course there are stand out moments, where you just love them ( one or two guitar solos) But, the jazziness, the swaying drums, the extreme sense of "wait, this song has the same chord progression throughout???"...just not enjoyable for me.

I'm heading to LA in July, I'm sure the live show will be grand.

Can't wait for this album.

Palace is an absolutely brilliant piece of music. The production is near flawless and marries the musical DNA of songs such as Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros with the songwriting mentality of Burst Apart and the more narrative-based, more "plentiful" lyrics from Hospice, resulting in a fantastic track I have been listening to since the moment it was released.

Amazing.

Almost as good as Hospice. Great buy - will be listening to this for the rest of my life.

Biography

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...
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