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Burst Apart by The Antlers
Released: May 2011
Label: Frenchkiss Records
The Antlers' 2009 LP Hospice is so epic, so crushing, that listening to it feels like a bullet taking 50 minutes to sink into your chest. Burst Apart captures the aftermath in a slow-burning dream state that's as narcotic as it is haunting. Frontman Peter Silberman is more introspective, examining the fine line between loneliness and independence: His falsetto slithers like a charmed snake as guitars echo and keyboards meander into the ether. "French Exit" grooves, "No Widows" floats in space, "Tiptoe" evokes film noir, and "Parentheses" has Radiohead on the brain.
Stephanie Benson