Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Antlers :: Burst Apart

The Antlers :: Burst Apart
Frenchkiss Records
Brooklyn, NY
May 10th, 2011

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In comparison to 2009's Hospice, the new album from The Antlers has more of a pop focus and is much easier to follow. Well blended diverse instrumentation, while still maintaining the group's signature spooky lullaby falsetto trance. It was quite easy to get lost in the well woven meandering and hallucination-like structure of Hospice, whereas Burst Apart easily gets your attention and is less of what songwriter Peter Silberman called "overtly depressing." Songs like "Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out" display this pretty well, as a groove to the Freudian dream symbol for castration and masturbation. It continues one of their most interesting themes of emasculation and gender role reversal. Another stand out is the last track "Putting the Dog to Sleep," which features a lovely doo-wop guitar slam and well constructed domestication relationship metaphors with the striking line "don't lie to me if you're putting the dog to sleep...that pet you just couldn't keep...and couldn't afford." With newfound accessibility, Burst Apart only lacks perhaps the most compelling part of Hospice, being the concept of using the analogy of a hospital attendant and a terminally ill patient to conceal an abusive relationship.
Stream the album below the jump::

01 I Don't Want Love
02 French Exit
03 Parentheses
04 No Widows
05 Rolled Together
06 Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out
07 Tiptoe
08 Hounds
09 Corsicana
10 Putting the Dog to Sleep

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