The Antlers — „Green To Gold“ (March 26, 2021)

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°≡  Jemná, akustická meditace, Silbermanův hlas tiše tlumený nad blikající a uklidňující instrumentací. Možná to, co odlišuje kánon „Green To Gold“ od zbytku Antlersského kánonu, je jeho, no, řeknu... prosluněnost. Koncept Green to Gold, který byl vytvořen a napsán téměř celý v dopoledních hodinách, je první novou hudbou skupiny za téměř sedm let a je snadno jejich dosud nejzářivější. „Myslím, že toto je první album, které jsem vytvořil se vším všudy a které nemá v sobě nic extra zvláštního,“ tvrdí Silberman. „Rozhodl jsem se dělat hudbu pro nedělní rána.“The Antlers: Peter Silberman, Michael Lerner
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Album release: March 26, 2021
Record Label: ANTI– / Epitaph
Duration:     47:10
01. Strawflower   3:55
02. Wheels Roll Home   4:25
03. Solstice   3:55
04. Stubborn Man   5:51
05. Just One Sec   4:50
06. It Is What It Is   3:58
07. Volunteer   5:55
08. Green To Gold   7:16
09. Porchlight   4:12
10. Equinox   2:53

Vocals, guitar, bass, pedal steel, piano, and organ by Peter Silberman
Drums and percussion by Michael Lerner
Bass clarinet on “Wheels Roll Home” by Jon Natchez
Violin and viola on “Solstice” by Will Harvey
Cello on “Stubborn Man” by Brent Arnold
Banjo on “Just One Sec” and “Volunteer” by David Moore
Slide Guitar on “Just One Sec” by Dave Harrington
Baritone saxophone, flute, clarinet, and french horn on “It Is What It Is” by Kelly Pratt
Guitar on “Green to Gold” by Tim Mislock
Artwork by Zan Goodman
Produced and engineered by Peter Silberman. Recorded at Harrington Road in New Paltz, NY
Additional recording at Lone Pine Road in Kingston, NY
Nature recorded in New Paltz, NY; Katonah, NY; Otis, MA; Rockport, MA; Luquillo, PR
Mixed by Nicholas Principe at People Teeth in Kingston, NY
Mastered by Gus Elg at Sky Onion in Portland, OR
Album Art Direction & Design by Zan Goodman
Cover & Additional Photography by Landon Speers
Band Photography by Shervin Lainez
Management by Brian Hultgren
All songs written by Peter Silberman and Michael Lerner between 2017~2020
Published by Distressor Songs (BMI) and Zip and Fly (ASCAP)

°≡ Perhaps what distinguishes ‘Green to Gold’ from the rest of The Antlers’ canon is its, well, sunniness. Conceived and written almost entirely in the morning hours, ‘Green to Gold’ is the band’s first new music in nearly seven years, and easily their most luminous to date. “I think this is the first album I’ve made that has no eeriness in it,” Silberman asserts. “I set out to make Sunday morning music.”
°≡ Unlike other Antlers albums, Silberman didn’t feel compelled to turn a human experience into a circuitous mythology. He chose a more direct approach: documenting two years in his life, without overthinking or obscuring what the songs were about. “Most of the songs on ‘Green to Gold’ are culled from conversations with my friends and my partner. It’s less ambiguous about who’s speaking and who’s listening,” says Silberman resolutely.
°≡ “I think the shift in tone is the result of getting older,” Silberman added. “It doesn’t make sense for me to try to tap into the same energy that I did ten or fifteen years ago, because I continue to grow as a person, as I’m sure our audience does too. Green to Gold is about this idea of gradual change,” he sums up. “People changing over time, struggling to accept change in those they love, and struggling to change themselves. And yet despite all our difficulty with this, nature somehow makes it look easy.”
Studio albums:
°  „Uprooted“ (self~released, 2006)
°  „In the Attic of the Universe“ (Fall Records, Nov. 6, 2007)
°  „Hospice“ (self~released, March 2009; Frenchkiss Records, Aug. 18, 2009)
°  „Burst Apart“ US #82, UK #167 (Frenchkiss Records, Transgressive Records 2011)
°  „Familiars“ (ANTI–, Transgressive Records June 17, 2014)
°  „Green To Gold“ (March 26, 2021)
REVIEWER: JOE GOGGINS ⌊26th Mar 2021⌋ Score: ★★★★½