Friday, August 21, 2009

The Antlers - Hospice (2009)

Guitarist and vocalist Peter Silberman wrote this album alone before recruiting the two other members that now make up The Antlers. And he has created an amazing work of striking emotionality. The album deals primarily with loss, and more specifically, losing loved ones, whether to cancer (a primary motif within the album), themselves, or worse... just drifting away. It's rare to come across what is essentially a "concept" album not only good, but so good it's breathtaking. The uncertainness of the melodies create tangible dread, and the lyrics are deft and literary with no pretensions. A powerful album that needs to be listened to wholly to be appreciated.

- yetiite

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