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The Antlers, a band
January 25, 2010 4:36 PM   Subscribe

Two free EPs from the cerebral, Neutral Milk Hotel inspired band The Antlers: (links go to .zip files, sorry) Cold War and New York Hospitals. For the uninitiated, here is the video of the song Two from the band's break out album Hospice.

The band's MySpace page has more free songs.

New York Hospitals contains covers of Yo La Tengo's Tears Are In Your Eyes and The Magnetic Field's Nothing Matters When We're Dancing. Cold War has a cover of Apple Orchard by Beach House.

There is a pretty great interview with frontman Peter Silberman in this Pitchfork newspost.
posted by The Devil Tesla (18 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Awesome. Thank you.
posted by eyeballkid at 4:46 PM on January 25, 2010


Wow, that's some beautiful music. Thanks!
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:17 PM on January 25, 2010


Exactly what I wanted this evening. Thanks!
posted by a halcyon day at 5:24 PM on January 25, 2010


This is great. Thanks for passing it along.
posted by purephase at 5:28 PM on January 25, 2010


I think this one's pretty great.
posted by svenx at 5:45 PM on January 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


This record is extraordinarily fantastic and I can't recommend it enough.
posted by Adam_S at 6:35 PM on January 25, 2010


Hospice is def in my top ten of 09... having said that, they really don't remind me much of nmh. anyway, cheers.
posted by saul wright at 8:38 PM on January 25, 2010


they really don't remind me much of nmh.

The Antlers's sound is hard to describe, but I think that "cerebral Neutral Milk Hotel" works. Peter Silberman said that In the Aeroplane Over the Sea was an inspiration, and the band that everyone compares The Antlers to is The Arcade Fire, and TAF is definitely closer to NMH.

I agree that the sounds are very different, but their songs cover a similar emotional range so I think the description works.

Also, I needed a short way to describe their sound that would draw people who didn't know about The Antlers in :p.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 8:49 PM on January 25, 2010


Haven't heard of them before--Two sounds a bit like a Bright Eyes song (and the lyrics seem to reflect this) for better or for worse. I like Bright Eyes-y stuff well enough to take a look at the rest, but it aint NMH.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 8:49 PM on January 25, 2010


The Antlers's sound is hard to describe, but I think that "cerebral Neutral Milk Hotel" works.

NMH isn't cerebral already?
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 8:50 PM on January 25, 2010


Also, 4 hours in and no one has made a "your favorite band sucks" comment. The Antlers officially does not suck!
posted by The Devil Tesla at 8:51 PM on January 25, 2010


NMH isn't cerebral already?

I meant cerebral more as quieter and more introverted than as smarter. Silberman's singing style is a lot quieter than NMH, and the lyrics are more about him than other people. NMH seems to be concered with everyone, and that's part of what makes their music awesome.

Actually, looking at the definition of cerebral ("intellectual rather than emotional") I think I got the description totally wrong. That doesn't describe either band! I'm sorry metafilter!
posted by The Devil Tesla at 9:00 PM on January 25, 2010


Wow, that cover of "Tears are in Your Eyes" is like slowly dripping honey. Thanks.
posted by gamera at 9:02 PM on January 25, 2010


I saw half of their show at the 40 Watt Club and left because I was bored. But I didn't think they sucked, I just thought their set didn't work well live, or the sound sucked, or -- well, I dunno, but I left.
posted by escabeche at 9:12 PM on January 25, 2010


Yay, this is great! Thanks for posting this. I'm seeing The Antlers play in Oxford next month and am VERY EXCITED INDEED. Not least because Oxford is a crap gig town for the most part.

Looks like you can download In the Attic of the Universe for only $6.99 (or more!) too, which is a pretty nice deal.
posted by chorltonmeateater at 10:50 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


The Antlers officially does not suck!

Your favorite band…

…nah, can't do it.

Your favorite band is actually not really that bad.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:12 AM on January 26, 2010


Hospice was my favorite album of 2009. I've never heard a record so quietly devastating.
posted by punchdrunkhistory at 9:26 PM on January 26, 2010


Bought myself a copy of Hospice last night. Yay for marketing via freebie downloads!
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:40 PM on January 27, 2010


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