Artist: The Antlers
Album: Burst Apart
I think that it’s safe to say that The Antlers’ play some of the saddest music heard in today’s indie scene. Their 2009 album, Hospice, is a concept album about the relationship between a hospice worker and a patient. It’s an incredible, crushing album that comes highly recommend if you can tolerate that sort of thing for about forty minutes. Their newest outing, Burst Apart, loses the concept aspect but certainly none of the isolation or melancholy. The first track, “I Don’t Want Love,” is one of the strongest songs on the album with plenty of ambiance and lead singer Peter Silberman’s soft and haunting vocals.
Fortunately, the weakest moment on the album comes in as the second track, “French Exit,” and therefore gets out of the way quickly. It’s their version of a dance tune, and even though it’s not a bad it does seem somewhat out of place. There are also plenty of electronic and ambient sounds thrown across the album, most notably in “Rolled Together” and the creeping instrumental, “Tiptoe.”
With songs like “Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out” and “Putting the Dog to Sleep” The Antlers are certainly able to reach similar emotional highs as they did on Hospice even without a depressing tale weaving its way through the songs. And so, I’m forced to say: Burst Apart is an incredible, challenging and emotionally rich album. Go for it if you can tolerate that sort of thing for forty minutes.