The Antlers: Familiars
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based trio The Antlers have never trodden in instant gratification. Their music takes time (and ideally a dimly lit room) to reveal its absolute
beauty. The band recast the moody, devastating indie rock of 2009â€™s Hospice with dark, creeping electronics on 2011â€™s Burst Apart. Familiars may be The
Antlersâ€™ least accessible record yet, but donâ€™t be too easily scared away. This time out, theyâ€™re the house band for the smallest, loneliest jazz bar in the world. Peter Silbermanâ€™s airy, often falsetto vocals waft through these slow, gently-swaying songs like smoke, while multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicciâ€™s trumpet shoots into the dark. Silberman whips up microgrooves with his guitar on tracks like â€śIntrudersâ€ť and â€śHotel,â€ť but on â€śPalace,â€ť the music melts beneath far-off piano. Every one of these nine songs is around five minutes or longer. Ultimately, Familiars isnâ€™t The Antlersâ€™ best work. But no one plays in the shadows quite like them.