Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Antlers: Two

By Cpt Pownzor
Staff Blogger

Although The Antlers are not super well known, with more efforts like their new album, Hospice, they very soon will be. Hospice was based around the idea of a loved one battling cancer, listening to it can really stir up some emotions to say the least. This is an amazing song and album from this group who started off in the New York indie scene. They can really only be classified as an indie rock band, there's elements of folk, emo, pop, rock its just a real orgy of sound in one song. Not that this is a bad thing at all. The song has the ability to stick in your head like crazy and really draw emotion out of you. I could see fans of The Arcade Fire, Wintersleep and maybe even Death Cab for Cutie, really enjoying this band.
"Two" starts off really simple and lo fi and turns into a song with many, many layers. The toy guitar sound from the beginning, gets piano, synth, electric guitar, trumpet and strings by the end. The vocals grow more urgent and powerful as does the sound. This song has great feeling and obviously a great meaning to the artist. It's by no means a happy go lucky song, but at any rate that's what makes it so good. The wavering vocals and the heartfelt lyrics which seem to be ripped from a journal or even a eulogy relate perfectly back to the theme of the album. The complicated layering and the amazing buildup make it a great indication of what this band is capable of.

The music video for "Two" is animated and especially super, you can find it here.
You can listen to more of The Antlers on their myspace

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