The Antlers – Hospice
One surprising upside to losing my whole music collection is that it has really illuminated which albums I really liked from this year. As I rebuild my collection, an album like jj n° 2 seems really unnecessary. Sure, it does sample Ghetto Reporter, but that album was a product of the summer that I have no interest in revisiting. However, some albums, like Hospice, demanded returning to my hard drive.
Released early this year, Hospice is the debut album of The Antlers. It is definitely a winter album, since this music often feels really cold and fragile. The lyrics aren’t very optimistic either, covering fun subjects like heartbreak and abortion. However, these lonely themes are surrounded by some of the best soundscapes this side of Sigur Rós.
But there are plenty of songs that just rock too. I think my favorite track is called “Bear” (it’s the one about abortion) which would seem almost optimistic if you didn’t listen to the lyrics because everything else on that song is so fun. Peter Silberman, who is both the vocalist and the man playing most of the instruments, has a great voice and definitely knows what he’s doing.
This is the first of a couple album reviews that I’ve wanted to do since I put my music collection together again. Expect those soon. And expect Hospice to be on my top 10 of the year.
Favorite Tracks: “Sylvia,” “Bear,” “Shiva”