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Familiars, by the Antlers

Brooklyn band is out of the bedroom and into your headroom

Brooklyn-based band the Antlers have developed in their meticulous way. After incubating as a solo recording project in Peter Silberman’s bedroom, they are now a lush, orchestrated group with melodious layering. Silberman crafted the Antlers’ first full-band project in 2009, the critically lauded Hospice. Two years later they returned with Burst Apart, a transitional LP that incorporated a saucer-eyed ambience in the realm of Sigur Rós, discarding any notions that they were out to replicate the semi-biographical emotion of Hospice.

With Familiars, Silberman cements himself as one of indie rock’s more compelling singers. He’s capable of projecting a wide, complex range of emotions — angry and defeated on “Hotel,” cautious but hopeful on “Intruders.” On the straightforward saunter of “Parade,” Silberman connects the future with the past: “But when the streets get flooded/ We’ll know what proximity’s worth/ ‘Cause we’re already here in the same place when our phones don’t work.” It’s a nod to modern life on an album of timeless themes.

The instrumentation on Familiars has a transcendent brightness, and with the Antlers concentrated on catharsis, the result is a string of patient, beautiful crescendos.

The Antlers play the Belly Up Tavern on July 16.

  • Album: Familiars
  • Artist: The Antlers
  • Label: ANTI-
  • Songs: (1) Palace (2) Doppelgänger (3) Hotel (4) Intruders (5) Director (6) Revisted (7) Parade (8) Surrender (9) Refuge
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Brooklyn-based band the Antlers have developed in their meticulous way. After incubating as a solo recording project in Peter Silberman’s bedroom, they are now a lush, orchestrated group with melodious layering. Silberman crafted the Antlers’ first full-band project in 2009, the critically lauded Hospice. Two years later they returned with Burst Apart, a transitional LP that incorporated a saucer-eyed ambience in the realm of Sigur Rós, discarding any notions that they were out to replicate the semi-biographical emotion of Hospice.

With Familiars, Silberman cements himself as one of indie rock’s more compelling singers. He’s capable of projecting a wide, complex range of emotions — angry and defeated on “Hotel,” cautious but hopeful on “Intruders.” On the straightforward saunter of “Parade,” Silberman connects the future with the past: “But when the streets get flooded/ We’ll know what proximity’s worth/ ‘Cause we’re already here in the same place when our phones don’t work.” It’s a nod to modern life on an album of timeless themes.

The instrumentation on Familiars has a transcendent brightness, and with the Antlers concentrated on catharsis, the result is a string of patient, beautiful crescendos.

The Antlers play the Belly Up Tavern on July 16.

  • Album: Familiars
  • Artist: The Antlers
  • Label: ANTI-
  • Songs: (1) Palace (2) Doppelgänger (3) Hotel (4) Intruders (5) Director (6) Revisted (7) Parade (8) Surrender (9) Refuge
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