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The Antlers, and my return to the melancholy

October 13, 2009


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.

It gets better with each listen. Buy it here.  Sample two tracks below.  UPDATE: Download the liner notes, which include all song lyrics by clicking here.

The Antlers have 3 shows coming up for CMJ.  BrooklynVegan’s showcase at MHOW on 10/20 (tix), a free gig at Soundfix Records on 10/21 and an NME showcase at Delancey on 10/22.

The Antlers – Bear

The Antlers – Two

8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2009 2:45 am

    how can i get this song of lyric?

  2. PBall permalink
    October 14, 2009 9:01 am

    Uh oh. What will the new phase be called? Inhale car exhaust rock?

  3. Shawn Roske permalink
    October 14, 2009 12:41 pm

    Au Revoir Simone played with them, and likes them.

  4. DeathRo permalink
    October 14, 2009 6:09 pm

    fitting that the album cover features a hospital patient’s wrist

  5. mary permalink
    October 15, 2009 7:33 pm

    Your sensitivity to others pain shows a wisdom beyond your years.

  6. Anonymous permalink
    October 22, 2009 12:25 am

    eels electroshock blues

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