It was love at first sight for me and The Antlers.
It’s rare you come across a new song as heart-stoppingly beautiful as that, from any band. The rest of ‘Hospice’ (their third album, but the first to get wide recognition) was more of the same – a finely-tuned collection of chamber pop based around life, death and everything in between that cut straight into your innards.
Their new one, ‘Burst Apart’, might be even better. It’s a stop-you-in-your-tracks effort from the outset that calls to mind everything from the Buckleys to Soulsavers. The second half, meanwhile, is a languorous collection of tracks punctuated by the more upbeat ‘Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out’ whose lazy horns and mellow organ chords lull you into a dreamy trance. ‘Rolled Together’ in particular recalls some of Spiritualized’s mellow majesty.
The band are returning to the UK to showcase ‘Burst Apart’ in November. Long wait I know. What do you think of the album?