Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “The Universe Is Going To Catch You” by The Antlers from the 2008 album In The Attic Of The Universe on Fall Records.
Choosing a band name can be one of the most challenging decisions musicians take upon themselves. This task is made even more difficult when there are rotating band members who spring up here and there during the songwriting, recording, releasing and touring process. For Pete Silberman, the decision to name his Brooklyn outfit was inspired by the Olympia, Washington, band The Microphones. Keeping in mind a vision of Phil Elverum -- and his ability to create a mixture of ornate and obscure sounds while keeping his lyrics and overall records strong even as band members came and went -- Silberman chose the name The Antlers after one of The Microphones’ songs. Similarly, The Antlers as a music project starts with a strong base from which experimental moments burst forth as he explores different territory on each release -- of which there have already been quite a few. Since 2006, The Antlers have released two LPs and three EPs. Not a bad for an artist still in his early twenties. All have been self-released save The Universe Is Going To Catch You, which was re-released by Fall Records. On past EPs, Cold War and New York Hospital, both of which he’s given away freely, and elsewhere, Silberman has covered Beach House, My Bloody Valentine, Magnetic Fields, and Yo La Tengo, displaying his affection toward those who have inspired him to step beyond what he has already accomplished in such a short time. Now, The Antlers’ third full-length, Hospice, is due for release on March 3rd. For this album, rather than going at it alone, Silberman has enlisted help, partially through Craigslist, from Justin Stivers, Darby Cicci, Michael Lerner, and Sharon Van Etten (Lerner and Cicci are also part of the touring band). Early descriptions of the record draw comparisons to Neutral Milk Hotel, Okkervil River, Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine. Like the title of the record implies, Hospice is a therapeutic and if sometimes forbidding journey of cleansing, self-discovery and renewal. The Antlers might help you find, within the tender spaces in your heart something you might not have even known you were lacking.