Artist Profile // #9 The Antlers

January 19, 2016

 

 

Whilst some of their stuff has been hit or miss, I want to focus purely on one album, ‘Hospice’. This goes beyond the realms of ‘good music’, but is actually an incredibly important album, not only for its narrative, but for the sounds it weaves together and the lyrical & musical contrasts throughout.

 

I guess this is a ‘concept’ album, a 10-track story that has a mysterious and captivating under-current to it throughout. It’s summarised as “the story of a relationship between a hospice worker and a female patient suffering from terminal bone cancer, their ensuing romance, and their slow downward spiral as a result of the woman's traumas, fears, and disease.”

 

It really does pull you in, in a slow, brooding kind of way. The songs are so incredible on their own, it takes you a while to take in what’s actually going on lyrically, and then this haunting feeling of sadness just starts permeating through you.

 

The song ‘Wake’ is where it really hit me emotionally. I was so immersed in the story by then, that when I heard those lyrics it was really painful. I was attached to those characters, and the story wasn’t playing out in any sort of happy ending. It still affects me deeply today listening to it. It’s a real achievement in music, song-writing, story-telling, and more than anything, human emotion.

 

 

 

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