The Antlers – Green to Gold (2021) [FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

The Antlers – Green to Gold (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 47:11 minutes | 983 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Transgressive

It begins with a hypnotic drum loop leading us into a haunting guitar & the cool echoing voice of Peter Silberman. Speaking on the title track for the new album from the Antlers, Silberman states, “The song is a long contemplation of the passage of time, but with the personal events and judgments omitted. Just a description of what is.” Conceived & written almost entirely in the morning hours, Green To Gold is the band’s first new music in nearly seven years and is easily their most luminous to date.

While Brooklyn duo the Antlers’ sublime blend of chamber-pop arrangements and melodic indie songwriting is intense and impressive, it hasn’t always been particularly uplifting. The band’s 2009 breakthrough Hospice was built around Peter Silberman’s beautifully ambient songs about illness, death, and suffering, and the lighter subject matter on subsequent records was still fairly heavy. Sixth album Green to Gold is the group’s first new material since 2014’s Familiars, and follows a time of uncertainty when Silberman was troubled by both a vocal cord lesion and auditory problems that compromised his hearing. Even with these health concerns and the life changes they brought on, Green to Gold is a turn away from the atmospheres of dread and anxiety that hovered around the Antlers’ earlier work, with Silberman turning in some of his mellowest, most patient songs yet. His delicate falsetto vocals and the group’s gift for understated song construction carry over from the past, but they arrive completely free of the painful associations that formerly defined the band. Songs like “Stubborn Man” and “Porchlight” are relaxed, almost playful tunes, rolling by like a soft summer afternoon. A bedding of gentle organ and floating electronic sounds supports the bright and hopeful melody of “Solstice,” one of the more melodically straightforward songs on the album. There are hints of sunny melancholy here and there on Green to Gold, but the mood is never dire or eerie. The lonely guitar figures of “Just One Sec” add to the lamenting feeling of the song, but by the time the drums kick in, it takes on a more childlike melody, with any hints of unhappiness or regret falling away. The lengthy title track finds Silberman out for an early morning walk, taking in the peaceful silence of his neighborhood as lazy, slightly sad guitars drift in and out of the picture. It’s a far cry from the end-of-life reflections and emotional wrangling of earlier albums, leaning instead into a soft contentment. On the whole, Green to Gold reshapes the Antlers’ once somber and brooding chamber pop into something bright and smiling. The songs strip away the sharpness and volatility the band reveled in on earlier albums to reveal a pleasant glow that was all too often hidden in the shadows. – Fred Thomas


01. Strawflower
02. Wheels Roll Home
03. Solstice
04. Stubborn Man
05. Just One Sec
06. It Is What It Is
07. Volunteer
08. Green to Gold
09. Porchlight
10. Equinox