Buy ending. ‘Tip Toe’, a meditative instrumental, serves as a breather before the beautiful ‘Hounds’ where synths, slow percussion and brass gel together with vocals creating a tenderness The Antlers do so well. ‘Corsicana’ is another minimalist wonder, wispy and laden with synths and crystalline vocals, it drifts away to a void. The closer is one of the strongest songs to found on Burst Apart, ‘Putting The Dog To Sleep’, more poetry in motion “Well my trust in you, is a dog with a broken leg, tendons too torn to beg for you to let me back in”. The lyrical skill of Silberman is evident across all the work here, raw honesty, brutal at times, teamed up with the delivery is what make The Antlers so special to the multitude of fans they have aquired. Since originally self-releasing Hospice two years ago as a full band, and beginning with Uprooted in 2006 as a solo project by Slberman, they have created a niche which Burst Apart has helped to cement their ownership of.
The confidence found on this album is clear, while having no over-arching theme the songs stand on their own merits. After a few listens you have a feeling that this is in fact Hospice’s opposite. The mood may at times be similar but it doesn’t come over as a eulogy, rather it speaks of the sunburst after the storm. The cover art seems ideal, a burst of energy through the darkness which is exactly what this album is.
Dave Roberts – May 22, 2010
*The Antlers are currently touring North America, having played sold out shows at the Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg before heading over to Europe where they have added more dates. You can check out all the info at their website below.
Putting The Dog To Sleep
The Antlers (USA)
From the album, ‘Burst Apart’, Frenchkiss