The Antlers, and my return to the melancholy
I went through a long phase of listening to sad music that my friends constantly complained about and dubbed ‘slit-your-wrist-rock.’ I was taken by music that expressed pain and hurt so beautifully. Music by people like Elliot Smith, Antony Hagerty and Scott Hutchinson. Recently, I’ve emerged on the other end of the spectrum, focusing on the heavy wave of upbeat electro, indie-pop and nu-disco that’s taken over.
Tonight I listened to the The Antlers record Hospice for the first time and immediately reverted to my former self. This is an album of deep sadness. It tells the story of a man who spent months in New York City alongside a loved one struggling with cancer who eventually passes away. It’s personal, specific, beautiful and crushing.
Listen while alone. Headphones are a must.