Back in 2009, Brooklyn band The Antlers came unto the public’s attention with their breakout third record Hospice. Before then, The Antlers had been a solo bedroom project by Peter Silberman. But for Hospice, he teamed up with percussionist Michael Lerner and multi-instrumentalist Darby Cici to create a movingly heartbreaking record that earned all sorts of accolades from critics. As can be inferred from its title, Hospice deals with the heavy uncomfortable matter of approaching death. So as much as hauntingly beautiful Hospice is, it is something that is bound to take a toll on Silberman (who wrote the record by himself) and the band.
So for their follow-up 2011 record Burst Apart, The Antlers moved away from the heartbreak of Hospice into something more ethereal and hopeful. Burst Apart undertakes a bigger sound as well, to great effects, letting go of the introspection of Hospice. It is this model from Burst Apart that The Antlers use for their newest record Familiars. Showing that they have clearly moved on from Hospice, Familiars feels uniformly dreamy. There’s a gentleness and deliberateness to the songs that allows their beauty to slowly uncurl. This might be the prettiest Antlers record yet.
Watch the video for first single Palace embedded below.
The Antlers – Familiars comes out 6/17 via ANTI- (order here)