The Antlers - Burst Apart

Here’s the darkly swirling, electro-lined “Parentheses” from the Antlers’ sophomore followup to Hospice, Burst Apart. If the word “Radiohead” jumps into your mind while listening, no need to feel ashamed. Listen:

Burst Apart is out 5/10 via FrenchKiss. You can also hear a live version of the entire album streaming at NPR. Or see them do some of it in person on their upcoming tour:

05/17 – Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat *
05/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church Sanctuary *
05/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
05/20 – New York, NY @Bowery Ballroom *
05/28 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival *
05/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
06/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey *
06/04 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House *
06/07 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s *
06/08 – Dallas, TX @ The Loft *
06/09 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee *
06/10 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird *
06/11 – Chicago, IL @ Metro *
06/12 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick *
06/14 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club *
06/15 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe †
06/16 – Boston, MA @ Paradise *
06/17 - Hamden, CT @ The Space *

* w/ Little Scream
† w/ the Dodos

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  1. ddogdunit  |   Posted on Apr 4th, 2011 -9

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  2. I think it’s a great song. And why can’t you tell us how excited you are? Because it makes zero sense that something like that would excite you?

  3. Yeah, I like it a lot. Different, but still them. Why would someone get excited to see someone else fail, just because they don’t like it? Sounds like someone’s got some deeper issues.

  4. I could understand why someone would want to see The Antlers fail. Hospice was a unique creation that did something most modern music doesn’t attempt. It made you feel something. It was soaked in emotion. And not the ridiculous faux emotion of adolescent punk rock or the soaring optimism of arena rock. It simply dug into the darkness of a very real and morbid loss of life. This doesn’t make for an approachable form of music. People don’t want to feel, they want to be distracted from feeling. That’s the point of modern music. You will always see modern music labeled under the heading of “entertainment”. Music is not intended to make you think or feel, but to help you not think or feel. Music is meant to be a distraction. It’s only natural for people to lash out at something that does the opposite of what they want it to. Seriously, there is no way someone could ride around town with their friend on a Saturday evening cranking out Hospice with their windows down.

    I personally enjoyed Hospice. It was moving and well crafted, and has a glow to it that pulled you through the fog, even as the subject matter made you constantly want to look away. Franz Kafka once said, “A book should be an ice-axe to break the frozen sea within us.” I feel this should be the goal of all forms of art, and I applaud The Antlers for trying to bring music back to a different place.

    That said, I’m reserving judgment on the new track until I hear it in the context of the album. On first listen, it seems more concerned with texture than it is with lyrics and mood, which is a good direction for the band to go in for a second run.

  5. This is a great progression for a a truly remarkable band. “Hospice” took a while to hit me, but this song was immediate.

  6. The vocals on this sound so much like Wild Beasts.

  7. I love this. From the ringing piano trill that kicks it off to the wrapping, two directional drumming, to the moment the bass begins creeping in under his slithering voice. To be honest I don’t think I could take an album of this, but if this album manages to be as varied yet coherent as Hospice did, I’m looking forward to music that has this same mood.

  8. Is that Jimmy Somerville…jesus, that’s bad.

  9. Solid, professional… like my plumber. Antlers: getting the job done, or at least getting out the door with your money.

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