Posted by: will | March 12, 2008

Best New Music – Antlers


Antlers “Antlers” (Rorschach)

Antlers hail from Richmond, VA and enlist ex and current members of Mass Movement of the Moth!, Gregor Samsa, If You Are Who You Say You Are, and Resonance as well as the vocal touch of Erin Tobey. Perhaps it is that diverse background that leads to why Antlers self-titled debut is such an eclectic and thrilling listen. The band plays mainly instrumental music with the exception of a couple of songs that showcase brilliantly placed vocals. Antlers are wildly inventive and are able to shed any and all genre tags on their debut LP. From the powerful strains of the opening track, “Black Walnut,” to the noodly stylings of “Dogwood,” Antlers leaves the listener in great anticipation of what is next to come. Songs like “Water Tupelo” and “Catalpa” head off into new, exciting waters and actually recall the heavenly nature of a band like Anathallo. Antlers are able to accomplish more in 22 minutes of music than most bands are capable of in a lifetime. From sharp bursts of melody to shards of dissonance, this is the sound of pure creativity. This LP is a rare, exciting gem that makes you wonder what the hell all these other bands are doing with their precious time.

Genre: Indie/Rock

RIYL: Anathallo, Jacob And I, Braid


Black Walnut

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  1. […] I just mentioned Gregor Samsa in the Antlers review, the band’s new album, Rest, is up for streaming on their myspace page here. I reviewed the […]

  2. […] EP last year. But, I really can not say enough about how great this album is. Neck and neck with Antlers as my album of the year so far. Look for the review next week. Hopefully, I can do it […]

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