For nearly two years, Peter Silberman stowed away in a New York apartment and wrote a devastatingly beautiful record centered around death and loss. This narrative of the artist -- toiling in monkish isolation with the Big Questions in life -- has colored much of the reception to Hospice, the second album by Silberman's band, the Antlers. The personal, however, cannot be excised from a record as nuanced and meditative as Hospice. The compositions paint vast interior landscapes, where crackling swirls of noise shift to reveal redemptive peals of brass and tube-bell harmonies. But where the music is post-rock in structure, it's confessional folk in delivery.MP3: The Antlers, "Two"
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