The Antlers 'Green to Gold' Album Review by Randy Radic. The full-length is now available via ANTI- Records

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7.5

The Antlers

Green To Gold

Brooklyn, New York must entertain a vibrant music scene, one different from, but just as edifying as that of Los Angeles. It’s the home base of indie-rock outfit The Antlers, as well as a number of other prominent bands.

Made up of Peter Silberman (vocals, songwriting), Darby Cicci (trumpet, bass, keys, synths, vocals) and Michael Lerner (drums), The Antlers recently released Green To Gold, a 10-track collection of superb music, described by Silberman as “Sunday morning music.”

In contrast to their prior musical donations, Green To Gold eschews the heavy, indie-rock qualities, and submits soothing, even serene characteristics.

The album begins with “Strawflower,” traveling on lightly oscillating tone atop a tapping pulse, followed by glistening guitars and blooming synths colors, in a sense, reflecting the beginning of 2009’s Hospice.

Entry points include “Solstice,” a luminous, gleaming tune rife with violins, rinses of strings, and sparkling zithers. Nostalgic and tender, “Solstice” summons up memories of Dan Fogelberg in his more meditative moments. Whereas “Stubborn Man” conjures up reminiscences of Neil Young, sans Neil’s distinctive voice. Indeed, Silberman’s breathy falsetto gives the lyrics introspective textures, as if delving into his personal eccentricities.

“My overgrown comfort zone / My narrow mind is mine alone.”

“It Is What It Is” rolls out on alt-country flavors, languid and slowly undulating. The dark bray of a saxophone enters, imbuing the tune with bluesy, almost brooding tones. Soft rinses of harmonies emphasize the melancholic ambiance.

The title track opens on a starkly cool drum shuffle, trundling and measured, followed by a crying guitar, lamenting the change of seasons as summer fades. Forgiving the cycle of change, Silberman’s voice assumes a gentle murmuring attribute, imbuing the lyrics with warm compassion and understanding.

The final track, “Equinox,” rides waning hues, still bright yet somehow vanishing as day and night adopt equal lengths of time.

Chock-full of tranquil songs, Green To Gold displays another side of Peter Silberman’s songwriting gifts–reflective, at times wistful, and contemplative, completely at odds with hefty guitar-driven songs like “Parentheses” and “Bear.”

Order Green To Gold by The Antlers HERE