The Antlers - "Sylvia" Video

Keeping with Hospice’s album-length theme of frustration and illness (see also “Two” and “Bear“), the Antlers’ “Sylvia” clip revolves around a man who keeps seeing, and arguing with, a ghostly ex-lover. It’s a literal read of what makes Hospice so compelling, that songwriter Peter Silberman captures what it’s like to deal with someone you feel responsible for, but who both craves and resents your responsibility toward them. Director Trey Hock says he took some inspiration for his sepia-toned “Sylvia” video from D.W. Griffith’s Broken Blossoms, a better resource than Griffith’s Birth Of A Nation. Watch the video at IFC. You can grab this video and the Antlers’ two-song EP New York Hospitals via Topspin:

Hospice is out via Frenchkiss.

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  1. “Sylvia, get your head out of the oven…” I love that album.

    Is this link not working for anyone else or is it just my computer?

  2. The link failed for me, too. If you look on their myspace there’s a box to download just the ep, and that one’s working right now.

  3. How come no one ever mentions Sylvia Plath when they talk about this song? I know it’s easy and obvious but come one. There is no way he wasn’t thinking about her suicide when he wrote this song.

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