This year, on it’s 10th anniversary The Antlers are re-issuing their album “hospice” and backing it up with a tour.
Hospice is a fantastic record that still deserves peoples attention. Its a bleak concept album focusing on a relationship between two people, one struggling with with bone cancer. The album manages to represent and keep this concept in its lyrics, music and production throughout its entire playtime which is no mean feat.
it also makes it an easy record to get lost in and in turn a hard one to pick an individual track from. “Two” comes at the beginning of the final 3rd of the album and it still sticks in my head many hears later. Although a quieter point of the album it’s an emotional crescendo that concludes the relationship between the two characters. The lyrics take you as a listener between the anguish of the current events in the verses and a montage of life events between the couple. Towards the end of the track the past and present blend together for the final verse brilliantly reflecting the protagonists thought process In a time of trauma.
All elements of the track reflect the feelings of the character so well that it can be a hard listen but a worthwhile one none the less. If you haven’t give Hospice a listen and if you have it’s 10th anniversary is a perfect time to revisit a modern classic.
Burst Apart by the Antlers was in my favourite five albums of 2011 and is still a favourite of mine 4 years later.
All 11 tracks are great but Hounds has stuck with me. It’s repeating melody starts gently along with the vocals but over time more layers are added to the track untill brass forces its way into the mix creating direction, the rest of the instrumentation is then stripped away giving the vocals poignancy for the tracks conclusion.
The track also has a really nice atmosphere. It sounds like the whole thing was recorded in one space with a particular ambience. This reverb makes the whole thing drift arround providing some lovely textures without ever loosing control into a muddy mix.
I really like the work of The Antlers so the announcement of their new album comes with great anticipation for me. The first track released shows a slight change to their sound with focus on brass instrumentation that apparently carries through the whole album. Mix that with the bitter sweet sound the antlers are known for and you’re on to a winner.
Palace is the Teaser Track and is well worth a listen:
Hospice by The Antlers is a fantastic concept album. Although slightly morose the tracks are made with such conviction and attention to detail in production that the whole thing works beautifully. Unfortunately it makes it hard to recommend one track for track of the week so I would recommend listening to the whole thing, However if you demand a single track I Would recomend Shiva. Find both the entire album and the track below:
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