Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn’

THE ANTLERS

2010-12-08

[Picture of Peter Silberman of The Antlers]Peter Silberman plays a Fender Mustang and has one of the best falsettos in the business. He formed “The Antlers” — and I have their album “Hospice“.  It is Brooklyn, and New York City in mood and lo-fi approach, but it is more straight, clearer and on focus. They opened for “The National” in Barcelona — now that would have been some gig!

I have been listening to this album on and off now for quite a while, but recently a chap I work with has discovered it — which has led to my returning to it again.

My favourite is “Epilogue”, simple guitar strumming (G major) — but a voice like Gregory Hoskins or Jeff Buckley.

“Hospice” is an incredibly emotional record. This guy really seems to pour out his heart and his art.  One for the headphones.

Here’re the usual links:

Peter did a blog that is intended to compliment the album: theantlershospice.blogspot.com

[Embedded videoclip: Epilogue by The Antlers on YouTube]

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQwkbRVqqxU&feature=related]

In a nightmare, I am falling from the ceiling into bed beside you. You’re asleep, I’m screaming, shoving you to try to wake you up. And like before, you’ve got no interest in the life you live when you’re awake. Your dreams still follow story-lines, like fictions you would make.

So I lie down against your back, until we’re both back in the hospital. But now it’s not a cancer ward, we’re sleeping in the morgue. Men and women in blue and white, they are singing all around you, with heavy shovels holding earth. You’re being buried to your neck. In that hospital bed, being buried quite alive now. I’m trying to dig you out but all you want is to be buried there together.

You’re screaming, and cursing, and angry, and hurting me, and then smiling, and crying, apologizing.

I’ve woken up, I’m in our bed, but there’s no breathing body there beside me. Someone must have taken you while I was stuck asleep. But I know better as my eyes adjust. You’ve been gone for quite awhile now, and I don’t work there in the hospital (they had to let me go.)

When I try to move my arms sometimes, they weigh too much to lift. I think you buried me awake (my one and only parting gift.) But you return to me at night, just when I think I may have fallen asleep. Your face is up against mine, and I’m too terrified to speak.
–Epilogue or Sylvia Alive In Nightmares

Absolutely beautiful music.  Painful at times, but worth it. Enjoy.

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GRIZZLY BEAR

2009-09-06

I am really enjoying the new album,Veckatimest, from Grizzly Bear. They have a website — www.grizzly-bear.net — which you have to scroll sideways on! They played on Jools Holland’s “Later” a few months back, and were excellent live and very engaging and intriguing.

embedded video While You Wait For The Others on YouTube:

This song has been in my head for days now, it’s got a Hendrixy guitar thing, and sort-of Beach Boys vocal work — and various people reckon the Grizzlies are a bit like a LOT of bands from Badly Drawn Boy to Gomez. The music reviewers seem to prefer to compare with Fleet Foxes and Animal Collective, although I can’t see why for Veckatimest. Maybe the comparisons work better for their last album, Yellow House from back in 2006.  I know this album, but don’t like it half as much as Veckatimest!

The entire album, after a couple of play-throughs, is actually quite addictive.

The band is from Brooklyn near New York in the USA, which seems to be where-it’s-at just now.

Chris Bear plays the drums to Chris Taylor’s bass.  Taylor also experiments with mad instruments and is the producer. Everyone sings, but the two main singers also play guitar and keyboards — Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen (who is also a member of the duo “Department of Eagles”).

“Two Weeks” has a really strong piano vamp intro, and I’m pretty sure that I have heard it used in some TV commercial or something — it’s a real nag, and I wish I could remember better!

“I live With You” has haunting vocals and a Thunderclap Newman feel at times.

Overall it’s produced in a weird lo-fi fashion — sounding a bit like they have recorded tracks in their bathroom.There’s a lot of reverb and raw sounds, but that’s part of the charm — it actually sounds older than it obviously is!

They can harmonise — I like what they do on “About Face” and on the start of “Fine For Now”.

If you fancy something a wee bit different from the usual pop, but still tuneful and interesting, check out Grizzly Bear; you won’t be sorry you did!

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