Live Video: The Antlers

photo by Dave Lichterman

The Antlers’ Peter Silberman does not go into making albums lightly. Last year’s Hospice (rereleased on Frenchkiss) is an ambitious and rich blend of folk, shoegaze, epic rock and gentle ambiance that hinges on a narrative premise, that of a hospice worker and his relationship with a mentally abusive but terminally ill patient. Lest you think this is going to be some melodramatic prog nightmare, The Antlers, which has now formed into a permanent three piece with drummer Michael Lerner and multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci, create some the most beautiful soundscapes and sonic structures imaginable to illuminate the story. And Silberman himself is a gifted storyteller, one who combines suggestion, action and exposition in his lyrics as effortlessly as any celebrated author. It’s no wonder Hospice has drawn such dedicated fans and critical praise; it’s the type of album you can listen to for the rest of your life! Needless to say, we were thrilled to have The Antlers perform this set live at KEXP:

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