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Burst Apart (Deluxe Version)

The Antlers

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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.

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Chud

My ultimate dog Chud just put his chin on my knee when I played the opening track.

Thank You!

This record has made my day. It is a wonderful mix of spacey folk crossed with soaring Jeff Buckley-esque vocal lines and the slow-fast ripples of Radiohead. A great headphone album.

A lack of emotion

While The Antlers have improved vocally and instrumentally they have lost what really made them unique, they're sense of storytelling and emotion. While not as good as Hospice, Burst Apart will quench your thirst for new Antlers.

Biography

Formed: Brooklyn, NY

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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