The Antlers

Ever since I first listened to the Who’s Rock Opera,  Tommy, in 8th grade, I’ve been fascinated by concept albums. The concept album, for those of you who don’t know, is an collective work in which each of the songs contribute to a unified theme or story. There are countless examples: The Wall, Ziggy Stardust, Pet Sounds, Sgt Peppers, etc, my favorites unquestionably being the narrative concept albums. Done well, the inclusion of  an interweaving story adds so much to the communicative effectiveness of the music. It was with great satisfaction then, that I recently came upon a great example of concept album technique with the Antlers’ release Hospice.

Hospice, released last year through one of my favorite labels, French Kiss Records, is a deeply poetic work. The album details the story of man encountering a depressed and abusive bone cancer patient in the Kettering Cancer Ward where he is working. As the songs progress, he ends up falling in love, and eventually watching her die while he is beside her. Needless to say, it’s an emotionally impactful album, at times wistful and beautiful while at other times full of angst.  Shifting lyrical points of view from the male protagonist to his dying love help drive the effectiveness of the narrative. Additionally the album is notable for its stylistic variation – exhibiting a range of soft ballads of sweeping guitar, folk influenced songs, and faster-paced numbers with heavy reverb. The lyrics, too, are worth reading on their own. It is readily evident that a lot of artistry went into their writing. Check out the liner notes here.

The Antlers certainly took a chance in making themselves vulnerable by crafting a very personal debut album. And because of this I think they’re off to a fantastic start. Hospice is definitely a work to listen to (all the way through please) on your own accord. While you won’t be bumping these tracks on the way to Malibu, it’s a great solitary listen.

Bottom Line:  if taken lightly, Hospice could be seen as over the top and needlessly dramatic. But I’ve found that if you allow yourself to be absorbed by the story, it is a rewarding experience.

DOWNLOAD HERE

-Chris

6 Responses to “The Antlers”


  1. 1 modestmus April 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Glad someone put this up, I’ve been diggin this album for a while now. Love it. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ll get on that this weekend.

  2. 2 sporty singles February 3, 2013 at 12:21 am

    What’s up to all, the contents present at this site are truly amazing for people experience, well, keep up the nice work fellows.

  3. 3 Maxwell February 8, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Hi there, after reading this amazing post i am too delighted to share my knowledge here
    with colleagues.

  4. 4 Nikole February 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    It’s not my first time to go to see this site, i am visiting this website dailly and obtain nice information from here everyday.

  5. 5 claudioagrelo.com.ar.outerstats.com June 7, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I rarely comment, but i did a few searching and wound up
    here The Antlers | From the Fringe. And I do have a couple of questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be only me or does it appear like some of the responses look like they are left by brain dead folks? 😛 And, if you are writing on additional sites, I’d like to follow anything new you have to post.
    Would you list of every one of your community sites like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

  6. 6 Click Here September 25, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Hi Dear, are you actually visiting this website daily, if so
    after that you will absolutely take nice know-how.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




*This blog does not upload or store any copyrighted music. The site provides links to, but is unassociated with, file hosting sites such as Mediafire, Megaupload, and Rapidshare. From the Fringe is intended to be used for music discovery purposes only. Please support the featured artists by purchasing their albums. - From the Fringe © 2010

Archives


%d bloggers like this: