The sonic progression that needed to happen
Peter Silberman never meant ‘Hospice’, The Antlers’ bedroom-recorded open wound relationship confessional, to be heard by so many people. If he has any resentment towards that record’s intense scrutiny, however, it doesn’t show on ‘Burst Apart’.
A record that’s every bit the sonic departure it had to be, it nevertheless recalls its forebear’s themes, seeing matters of the heart from a more reflective stance. Those seeking to find Silberman still wallowing in grief may be disappointed by ‘No Widow’’s wistful twilight or ‘Rolled Together’’s sleek elegance, yet it’s these lighter tones with which The Antlers prove their opulent progression.
Simon Jay Catling