The Antlers Are Locking Horns In Love

by Xakota SOURCE Music For Kids Who Can't Read Good

The Antler's follow up to their break out concept album Hospice, Burst Apart, is a delicate, varied work that hints that we’ve only begun to see what this group is capable of.

While the The Antlers previous album, the catharsis-driven Hospice, centers around a gripping narrative of a relationship between a hospice worker and patient on the brink of death, their follow-up album, the newly released Burst Apart focuses on the balance between love, hate, and loneliness in a far less direct manner. However despite its broader lens, Burst Apart still maintains the sentimentality of Hospice that turned so many listeners into ardent fans.

The opening track, “I Don’t Want Love” immediately indicated to me that this would be another album filled with poignant and emotion-driven lyrics, beginning with the lines “You wanna climb up the stairs/ I wanna push you back down.” Throughout the album frontman Peter Silberman constantly switches between exuding feelings of resilience and fragility, as his brilliant falsetto sends the listener into an alternate universe of reflection. Silberman’s solitary dreamlike cooing heard on a number of tracks on the album is shown in full force in “No Windows,” casting a soft shadow over the song, capturing the true tender essence of the album.

In addition to Silberman’s gorgeous vocals, sprinkled throughout the Burst Apart are delicately placed horns, brought to prominence in “Rolled Together” and “Tiptoe,” as well as distinct electronic textures, most noticeable in the ambient “French Exit.” The metaphor-driven closing track, “Putting the Dog to Sleep” thematically channels Hospice as Silberman asks his lover to “Prove to me/I’m not gonna die alone…While my trust in you/Is a dog with a broken leg.”

Burst Apart is by no means a half-hearted attempt at recreating the melancholy of Hospice, as it is carefully crafted to perfection with its fine mastery of somber lyrics juxtaposed with ethereal guitar swoops and mist-covered drum loops, thus indicating the Brooklyn trio’s tremendous growth both instrumentally and psychologically.