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. Every Friday, we present a song from a Northwest artist. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Crest” by The Antlers from their 2012 EP Undersea released on Anti-.
If you’ve had a conversation about The Antlers in the past couple years, there’s a pretty good chance the words “feelings,” “sad,” “got choked up,” or “sobbed” came up at one point or another. Considering the groups two most recent album, the absolutely heart wrenching Hospice and the captivating Burst Apart, it would seem the Brooklyn trio’s forte is to pack as much emotion into a song without ever crossing the line into cheesy or contrived music, never relying on a single trick to convey a waterfall of emotion. “Crest,” off their latest EP, titled Undersea, truly does have an underwater feel to it, moving, or floating rather, though a beautiful soundscape punctured only by singer Peter Silberman’s masterfully charming voice.
While The Antlers currently have no Northwest American tour dates, they’ll be playing a show in Vancouver on September 14. More information, as well as other tour dates, available here. For now, check out The Antlers performing “I Don’t Want Love” off of their 2011 release, Burst Apart, live on KEXP from the Dour Fir Lounge during last year’s MusicfestNW in Portland, Oregon: