I haven’t really made a post in a while so I thought I’d take a minute to make a quick music recommendation to the people of the interwebs. A few weeks ago my friends Tray and Makayla informed me that I should really look into the band The Antlers, specifically their album “Hospice.” Well, it took me a week or two to finally get around to buying the album and now that I have I can’t stop listening to it. Over the past ten days I’ve easily listened to the album twenty times or more.
There’s just something about the album that makes it a perfect collection of tracks in the perfect order. I can start the album and go about my work just bobbing my head and tapping my foot while the moody album helps time fly by. The premise of the album comes from the “idea of caring for a terminal patient who’s mentally abusive to you.” You don’t have the right to argue with them, either, because they’re the one who’s dying here… so you taking it, but you can only take so much (source).”
The album as a whole is extremely moving with deep and emotional lyrics, haunting vocals and chilling music. Singer/Songwriter Peter Silberman says that the album is meant to be an “allegory,” but there must be some personal experience involved, although he has refused to elaborate further. The two initial standout tracks (what they call chapters) on the album that will catch your attention on the first few listens are track #2 “Kettering” and track #7 “Two.”
“Hospice” was included on a variety of 2009 “Top Albums” lists, including those of NPR, Flavorpill, New York Press, Wall Street Journal and the Brooklyn Vegan. You can support this fantastic indie band by grabbing the entire album for just $7.99 via Amazon MP3; you can also download the song “Two" for free for a limited time.