Live Video: The Antlers at CMJ

photo by Lauren Slusher

The Union Square Ballroom was packed tight with a reverent and enraptured audience for The Antlers‘ set during KEXP’s broadcast at CMJ.  The Brooklyn band mesmerized listeners with a soulful and atmospheric mix of songs from their 2012 EP, Undersea, and their 2011 album, Burst Apart.  Peter Silberman’s project began as self-recorded bedroom chamber pop, and the Brooklyn band translates that spirit with a live show that is introspective without being exclusive or inhibited.  The ever-expanding swirl of keyboards and heavily reverb-ed guitar stays grounded by Silberman’s delicately powerful voice soaring above the mix. Even in these videos, you can feel the audience’s hypnotized pressure towards the stage.  The key to The Antlers’ evolution since 2009’s Hospice and the earlier EPs is the shift from being just Silberman’s recording project to a true band, with contributions by all members on Burst Apart and Undersea.  This is particularly clear in their live show — keyboardist Darby Cicci’s voice matches Silberman’s soul and range that makes for excellent dynamics, especially when bassist Justin Stivers joins as well (note the three part harmonies on “Drift Drive” in particular). Check out photos from the session here, and watch the videos now here:

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