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Emerging Artists: The Antlers & FREE DOWNLOAD! by kayzimbo
May 3, 2009, 9:27 pm
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antlersAlright, so their album is called Hospice, which would generally be a turn-off because of the over-the-top-emo-ness of the title, but somehow the band drags you into their animal world. And for some reason every song keeps you on your toes, ready to pounce and search for more. There is a huge build in the song “Kettering,” until the music breaks and opens up into a mix of TV on the Radio and the end of the song “Fluorescent Grey” by Deerhunter. It’s not so much the sound comparison to Deerhunter as much as the magnificence of the music once the song starts going crazy. The recording sounds like a lot more than three people. Hopefully they can have the same effect in a live setting.

If you are a fan of Bon Iver or Fleet Foxes you will feel a huge connection to this music. While the musical styles vary, the beautiful use of vocals remains constant in each song. Whether it is the opera-style singing in “Kettering” to an Elliott Smith-like voice in “The Universe is Going to Catch You,” these guys can serenade you any day of the week. Do yourself a favor and check out their myspace, chances are you’ll click with at least one of the songs. Download their EPs below and buy their first album Hospice (self released 2009).

-Kyra Zeller

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