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Familiars"The Antlers magnify private sorrows to overwhelming scale, creating grand anthems."
-The New York Times
"The band occupies a space in the lower atmosphere: floating and free,
but recalling what the ground feels like, too."-The New Yorker
"Silberman shows that his voice is as versatile as any instrument in the band."
-The Washington Post
Familiars, the highly anticipated new album from The Antlers, will be released on Anti- Records in 2014. Their fourth studio album follows 2011's critically lauded Burst Apart, which Pitchfork named Best New Music and NPR called "a delicate mixture of grace and intensity.
Familiars was recorded, engineered and produced by the band in their Brooklyn studio and mixed by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Beach House) at DNA Downtown Studios.
The Antlers is Peter Silberman, Darby Cicci and Michael Lerner. Silberman founded The Antlers in 2006 as a solo project and released two bedroom-recorded LPs before enlisting Cicci and Lerner to round out the group. As a trio they recorded and released 2009's breakout Hospice and Burst Apart, as well as the 2012 EP Undersea.1. Palace
9. Refuge$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UnderseaThe Antlers' debut on ANTI continues the Brooklyn trio's evolution begun with the acclaimed albums Hospice and Burst Apart. Their new 4-song EP, Undersea was recorded in early 2012.
In the band's own words: "In January, after returning home from a year of touring, we started something new. We knew not what it would become and had no purpose but to see what could happen in two and a half months of recording in our studio. We started from nowhere, and inadvertently tapped into a new beginning, the despair of Hospice and the subsequent recovery in Burst Apart felt like a closed chapter, and we suddenly felt the immense freedom to change the subject entirely. We let our creative instincts lead us forward, and they brought us here, to Undersea, an EP in length, but beyond that in scope. It's an attempt to begin to express and communicate something bigger, something outside of ourselves and harder to explain.
The record begins with the dream of a peaceful flood, followed by an existential re-evaluation in the face of massive, all-encompassing change. We take a deep breath in, a slow breath out, and take stock of where we're at. Undersea is the feeling of suspension. Memories suspended in time and space, energy suspended in the air around us. It's the serenity of drifting off to sleep or of sinking to the bottom of the ocean. Time slows and stretches.
We've searched for sounds that are patient and meditative, mellow and colorful and intended to calm. There's a subtle but insistent pulse that leaves room for the music to breathe and expand. These songs are not in a hurry, and they take their time to unfold. In one sense it is familiar and terrestrial. But there's also a strange, fantastic, and largely as-yet-unknown world below the surface. The result is a kind of oceanic lucid dream of the future."1. Drift Dive
2. Endless Ladder
4. Zelda$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Nothing Is RealCrystal antlers aren't really about making some shit we've heard before, but they do take notice of some important touchstones: powerful organ runs, ragged vocals and an ability to turn even relatively short songs into something that sounds beyond epic."
- The Fader
Merging psych, garage, lo-fi, prog, and countless other influences, the group easily maintains consistency despite a complete inability to be pinned to any specific movement or trend."
Art-garage whiplash at its finest."
- AV Club
It's hard not to admire these out-there dudes"
They're at the point where comparisons do little justice. They're just crystal antlers now."
- LA Times
Currently slated for a fall 2013 release is the newest Crystal Antlers full-length Nothing Is Real, featuring cover art by famed surf/skate/graffiti legend C.R. Stecyk III and recorded as the band returns to its most fundamental roots as an agile power trio - Jonny Bell, drummer Kevin Stuart and guitarist Andrew King.
Nothing Is Real is Crystal Antlers going beyond the beyond, with songs that rattle and ricochet from desolation to delirium. Opener "Pray" sounds like what would have happened if Black Flag's Greg Ginn had produced the first Psychedelic Furs single; "Persephone" and "Anywhere But Here" match the desperate, relentless rhythm of the Wipers with the inside-out guitar melodies of the Pixies. "Licorice Pizza" recalls lost cult-punk heroes like the Flesh Eaters or the Embarrassment. On Nothing Is Real, you'll feel as much as hear echoes of bands like Wire, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr.
As Bell puts it, "With each album, we've tried to figure out ways to include more of our whole selves in the recordings, while still keeping things cohesive. And from growing up in punk bands, there always needs to be that little element of something that might piss someone off. We might be using a drum machine-but we're gonna use it completely the wrong way."1. Rattlesnake
2. Licorice Pizza
3. We All Gotta Die
4. Paper Thin
6. Anywhere But Here
7. Don't Think Of The Stone
8. Wrong Side
9. Better Things
10. Prisoner Song$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
LanternsEqual parts producer and composer, Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) bridges an unusual
gap between old-world music theory and next-level experimentation. Meditative
but heaving with energy, "Lanterns" nds a peculiar congruency between
futuristic soul and ancient sentiment. Driving orchestral electronica (Lost It To
Trying, No Crimes) is placed alongside creepy minimalism (Pyre), often starkly
juxtaposing densely layered arrangements with Lott's fragile voice.
In recent past Son Lux has gained notoriety both for his s/s/s project (with
Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti), and from being named NPR's "Best New Artist of
the Year". His third full-length album, and his rst for Joyful Noise (Kishi Bashi,
Sebadoh, etc.), positions Son Lux at the helm of an impressive ensemble of
instrumentalists and singers, including Chris Thile (The Punch Brothers), Peter
Silberman (The Antlers), DM Stith, Lily & Madeleine, Darren King (Mutemath),
Ieva Berberian (Gem Club) and yMusic (Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver).1. Alternate World
2. Lost It To Trying
5. No Crimes
7. Enough of Our Machines
8. Plan The Escape
9. Lanterns Lit$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ideas of Distance (Discontinued)Young Man is the brainchild of one Colin Caulfield, conceived as a concept project about the passing of time, love and loss. Caulfield explored this concept while studying abroad in France and this international experience helped formulate his first recordings. Released in late 2010 to great acclaim, his first EP, Boy, is a psych-infused collection of songs with a tone setting tenderness that featured some of the most hopeful/haunting choruses heard that year.
The EP set the stage for Caulfield to tackle his most ambitious project yet which is releasing 3 full lengths in the next 2 years. The first of these records, Ideas of Distance captures this. Laid out over 8 songs and recorded/produced by Caulfield himself, Ideas of Distance is an emotional roller coaster that takes the listener on quite a ride throughout its stark 40 minutes. The dark beauty can be seen in the constant building of first single Nothing while the ever changing moods are never more present than on the epic album closer Felt which leaves the listener with a sense of ending while moving onto the next record.
The next record in the cycle is already being recorded with an impressive young band that includes Dylan Andrews (drums), Emmett Conway (guitar/vocals) and Joe Bailey (bass) which has backed Caulfied through several festivals and appearances including those with Local Natives, Yuck, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Cults and The Antlers.1. Enough
4. Only You
6. Then and Now
7. Tired Eyes
8. Felt$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Permanent SignalPermanent Signal: a condition in which a POTS [plain old telephone service] line is off-hook without
connection for an extended period of time.*
It's a term that Mauro Remiddi kept coming back to when reflecting on much of the time between last year's release of Strange Weekend, the multi-instrumentalist's debut full-length as Porcelain Raft, and this, its proper follow-up. "In a way, growing up in Italy, then living for 12 years in London, and now two-and-a-half years in New York, made me realize that I have some dear friends that I rarely see," explains Mauro. "I was touring almost non-stop for eight months and I started having these imaginary conversations in my head with people I wanted to communicate with, but for one reason or another it couldn't happen. So this idea of the album title comes with there being a signal that says the line is off."
Mauro began working on Permanent Signal two months after returning from tour, a period of readjustment
in which he was beginning to enjoy normal everyday comforts such as frequenting his favorite coffee spot in his Brooklyn neighborhood and connecting with friends again, even as the thoughts of those unrealized conversations during his recent travels were still very fresh in his mind. Inspired by this surreal moment of transition, where the reality of finally being home was still overshadowed by lingering feelings of detachment, he sold almost all of the instruments that he used for Strange Weekend in order to "start with a new color pallet." It's immediately apparent in Permanent Signal's opener, "Think of the Ocean," where the dense basement-recorded haze of his last full-length has been traded for a spacious melancholy, as cello, piano and drums gently spiral atop a faint pulsing tone that mirrors the album's title. And while layers of synths and electronics still play a role, the new record is far more organic than Porcelain Raft's previous album and EPs, an intentional move according to Mauro; "I wanted to record in the studio just to capture the guitars and drums properly, and to have some real input from musicians I respected and loved to hang with."
Enlisting some support from YUCK's Jonny Rogoff on drums, Antlers bassist Darby Cicci (who also contributed double vocals and trumpet, and engineered the sessions in Antlers' Brooklyn studio), and cellist Gaspar Claus (frequent collaborator with Sufjan Stevens and the National's Bryce Dessner), Porcelain Raft's once gauzy pop has now turned as vivid as a waking dream. During "Minor Pleasure," Mauro finds catharsis when conceding in his otherworldly tenor that "there's nothing hidden in what we see, sometimes you just have to let it end," amidst the processed drone of an organ and a piano that taps into the gospel-dosed psychedelia
of Spiritualized, while the radiant lull of "Night Birds" reaches cosmic bliss, as crystalline guitars and synthesizers echo the song's poignant sense of nostalgia. Elsewhere, tracks like the aforementioned "Think of the Ocean," "Cluster" and the haunting, Lennon-esque "I Lost Connection" deal directly with lives either on hold or in transition -- all universal themes of the human condition which allow the listener to fill in their own personal experiences with a permanent signal.1. Think Of The Ocean
3. Minor Pleasure
4. Open Letter
5. Night Birds
6. It Ain't Over
7. I Lost Connection
9. The Way Out
10. Five Minutes From Now
11. Echo$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Goodnight Tender (Discontinued)Amy Ray has gone country, and her scenic-route detour was not as out of the way as some fans might think. The singer-songwriter, best known as half of the Grammy-winning Indigo Girls folk-rock duo, has produced a solo album, Goodnight Tender, which is country music in the purest -- and purist - sense of the word. Recorded last spring at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, N.C., this collection of 11 originals by Ray, along with a cover penned by Heather McEntire, is scheduled for release January 21, 2014 from Ray's Decatur-based company, Daemon Records. Hank Williams Sr. famously summed up country music as "three chords and the truth," and Goodnight Tender offers the kind of stripped-down melodies; honest, hat-in-hand emotions; and keening pedal steel and old-time strings that once emanated from tear-stained, honky-tonk jukeboxes. In her take on the early Nashville Sound, she sings movingly about dogs, pills, Duane Allman, and heartache. For decades, Ray has performed with Emily Saliers in the Indigo Girls, and their ongoing success derives, in part, from intricate, ethereal harmonies, from the interplay of their distinct voices and sensibilities. Ray also has turned up the volume in her solo career as an ax-slinging rocker, producing six albums with punk edges and defiant, powerhouse vocals. In both capacities, she integrates the personal with the political, the dynamics of relationships with principles of progressive social justice. Goodnight Tender marks a dramatic departure from those formats and themes, though her vocals, even when snarled at high decibels, always convey a rending ache that serves folk, punk, country, or any refrain tinged with pain. Ray convened artists she trusts with fiddle, banjo, dobro, pedal steel, guitar, mandolin, bass, and drums, and then arranged their microphone placement like an old-school sound engineer to create an authentic, vintage sound, gently imposing Strum And Twang on her Sturm Und Drang. "I love to scream and growl, but I also love the soft, sweet singing of artists like George Jones," Ray says, "so I slowed the tempo, got into a lower register, and let the songs and the musicians around me dictate a different direction. I was tempted to slip a political song in here, but I wanted this album free of anything that defines identity in any way." What she strove for instead was the rush of pure feeling. "I didn't want the laborious arrangement process - I wanted recordings I didn't have to mess with too much," she says. "So these songs are more visceral than intellectual, with a strong, wistful sense of setting that enables you to sense the creek and the dirt as well as the unrequited love. I wanted a record that sounds good and feels right when you're driving down a rural road." Ray enjoys plenty of opportunities to road-test these songs on her secluded, wooded property in north Georgia, where banjos and bluegrass still echo throughout the mountains. "At some point, those sounds are bound to seep into your life," she says. Inspired by her neighbors, Ray, who is a vegetarian, penned "Hunter's Prayer" for this album. "One night this huge buck appeared in the fog - his antlers still hadn't shed their fuzz -- and stopped and looked at me in this long moment, in the way animals have of seeming to see right into you," she recalls. "I thought of the Native activists I know, and the hunters who know how to treat the land and are much more connected to the chain of life than some of us are. So I wrote 'Hunter's Prayer,' initially as a folk song, then as a barroom sing-along, and then it went into another place. It's about not only wanting a good dog and a good love, but also wanting to find your bearings in life." Hank Williams Sr. would tip his Stetson hat in approval.1. Hunter's Prayer
2. Oyster and Pearl
3. The Gig That Matters
4. Time Zone
6. Duane Allman
7. More Pills
8. Broken Record
9. Goodnight Tender
10. My Dog
11. Let the Spirit
12. When You Come for Me$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Far Cry Primal: Original Game SoundtrackTwo-time BAFTA winning composer, Jason Graves has composed the original game soundtrack for the next exciting chapter in the award-winning Far Cry® franchise, Far Cry® Primal. Graves is renowned for his textural concept scores and cinematic orchestration on AAA titles such as Until Dawn, The Order: 1886, Evolve, Tomb Raider and Dead Space.
As a classically-trained composer and world percussionist, Graves created an entirely live organic score for Far Cry® Primal, blending a diverse array of sounds from the natural environment and incorporating many animal effects into the score. The evocative soundtrack features a unique set of textures representing each of the tribes that players will encounter, including a ram's horn and solo flute (Wenja); Aztec death whistles, female vocals, ritualistic percussion (Izilia); raw sounds from Far Cry's Stone Age natural environment including bushes, bones, antlers, clay pots, wooden artifacts and male vocals (Udam). Crafted together the sounds bring the rich and primal gameplay alive to players challenged to survive in a hostile environment and rise to become the apex predator.LP 1
1. The Shaman's Story
2. Save the Wenja
3. The Fires of Conquest
4. The Mammoth Hunt
5. Attack of the Udam
6. The Taken Wenja
7. The Call Of The Widu
8. Sarta Wenja
9. Trials Of The Gwarpati
10. Vision of Fire
11. Prowl of the Snowblood Wolves
1. The Flames of Suxli
2. Clash of the Udam
3. Batari's Song of Fire
4. The Mask of Krati
5. The Altar of Suxli
6. Survival of the Udam
7. The Wrath of Ull
8. Vision of Beasts
9. Hunt for the Great Scar Bear
10. The Search for Lost Wenja$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now