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Hospice

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01
Prologue
2:34  
02
Kettering
5:11  
03
Sylvia
5:27  
04
Atrophy
7:40  
05
Bear
3:54  
06
Thirteen
3:12  
07
Two
5:56  
08
Shiva
3:46  
09
Wake
8:44  
10
Epilogue
5:29  
Album Information
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 51:53

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Jessica Suarez

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Jessica Suarez is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn, NY. She is the senior editor at MTV Hive.

10.27.09
The Antlers, Hospice
2009 | Label: Frenchkiss / !K7 Records

From the title alone, it's easy to guess how Hospice will end. And while Antlers singer/songwriter Peter Silberman's relationship post-mortem is, indeed, as depressing as it sounds, it builds a mythology of borrowed symbols and figures that is both haunting and compelling. Like Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago, Hospice obsesses over the end of a suffocating relationship; the songs are freighted with lengthy outros that blur the distinction between the beginning of one… read more »

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Painfully beautiful

Siepie

Quite an emotional record, this one. It keeps giving me the chicken pox, however much I listen to it. In spite of the subject – a male nurse caring for a terminally sick patient - overwhelmingly and painfully beautiful.

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The Antlers’ Peter Silberman: Letting Go in Soft Focus

By Sasha Geffen, Contributor

Speaking over the phone from Brooklyn, Peter Silberman pauses carefully between phrases. He's good with words because he takes his time with them, both in conversation and in the intricate, powerful lyrics that spiderweb across the records he makes with the Antlers. In 2009, the Brooklyn band's album Hospice broke through to a wider audience on the twin strengths of its atmosphere and its story. That record navigated the deep pockets of pain that linger… more »

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The Antlers

By Laura Leebove, Managing Editor

The Antlers' 2009 album Hospice was recorded in vocalist/guitarist Peter Silberman's bedroom — a space too small for the band's three members to play at the same time (forget about a full drum set). Silberman wrote the songs, then enlisted drummer Michael Lerner and multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci to take the project from a solo effort to actual group. Lerner says the intimacy of the recording process mirrored the intimacy of the record — a heavy,… more »

They Say All Music Guide

On Hospice, Brooklyn’s the Antlers deliver a heartbreaking concept album from the perspective of two central characters: an abusive bone cancer patient on her hospital death bed and a committed nurse who becomes attached and falls deeply in love, despite impending tragedy. Written over the course of two years by core member Peter Silberman and then enhanced with additional tracks by Darby Cicci, Michael Lerner, Justin Stivers, and Sharon Van Etten, it’s a woe-heavy record that could easily be crushed by its own weight, except for the fact that it’s delivered with such ease. The narrative (completely written out in the liners) is gripping — full of novelesque prose, reminiscent of Lou Reed’s Berlin — and the musical accompaniment complements Silberman’s lyrics perfectly. Music box melodies are sung in a wobbly falsetto over acoustic guitar and piano, as tinges of Radiohead (Amnesiac era) electro production add accent, waiting until the perfect moment to swell up to monumental crescendos full of keyboards, accordions, harmonicas, harps, and trumpets. Arcade Fire are an overt touchstone, as are Neutral Milk Hotel and Cloud Cult, but Silberman’s new composite proves itself a standout group among the many other lo-fi artists and chamber poppers. As a songwriter, he has matured into an artist with a masterful sense of dynamics, and he ebbs and flows from one chorus to the next as he multi-tracks sparse sections into grandiose ones. In the same balancing act, Silberman tones down the album’s deep personal sense of love and loss with occasional bits of dry humor. Morbid lines like “Some patients can’t be saved, but that burden’s not on you” are masked with uplifting music, and the morose moments are soon forgotten when the purposely less poignant line “All the while I’ll know we’re fucked and not getting unfucked soon” keeps the experience from becoming too much of a Hallmark tearjerker. Keep the tissue box handy, though — the closer is a doozy. – Jason Lymangrover

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