Friday, August 7, 2009

Record Review: The Antlers

The Antlers
[2009, Frenhkiss]

I recently saw The Antlers perform at the Pitchfork Music Festival. It was one of the best sets of the weekend, and one of the best I've seen all year. If you haven't gotten this album yet, do yourself a favor and check it out.

Read the full review at In Review Online. The more seemingly fictional or fantastic an album’s mythology, the greater chance it has of becoming inextricably entwined with the album itself. When Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago began receiving belated press in 2008 (despite initial release in 2007), nary a review surfaced that didn’t mention the conditions surrounding the album’s inception – Justin Vernon breaks from his band and a romantic relationship, sequesters himself within a cabin in rural Wisconsin, and writes an intimate, endearing song cycle. While I think that Vernon’s distraught, maybe even despairing mindset at the time explains how such a sad album can come to life, the music and lyrics are already so powerful that explaining the back-story might be doing Emma a disservice.
Well, this isn't a Bon Iver review, so if you want to read my thoughts, check the full review. Regardless, go get a copy of Hospice.

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