Evolving from Peter Silberman's bedroom recordings to a fully realized band, the Antlers progressed quickly from a lo-fi folk project into a colossal-sounding chamber pop group. The band broke through in 2009 with their critically acclaimed third album Hospice, and continued making anxious, searching music for several years before going dormant after the release of 2014 album Familiars. Seven years later, the band returned with the softer, easier-going tones of fifth album Green to Gold.
Silberman's solo project Peter Sam morphed into the Antlers around 2006, immediately after moving from his home in Katonah, New York to Brooklyn. After self-recording a handful of albums in a kamikaze fashion -- Uprooted (recorded just after his move), The February Tape (recorded in a bathtub in an hour), In the Attic of the Universe (a single ambient song stretched into an album), and Cold War (an album with only acoustic guitar and vocals, recorded in a week) -- Silberman set forth to record his opus, Hospice, in July of 2007. Recorded over the course of almost two years, Hospice started out as another solo project before Silberman began incorporating other musicians, including drummer Michael Lerner and multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci, who eventually ended up as permanent members of the Antlers. Upon its release, Hospice received critical acclaim, with NPR and Pitchfork shouting high praises. After touring behind the album, the Antlers returned to the studio for a more electronic-minded effort titled Burst Apart, which was released in 2011. The album was shortly followed that same year by the Together EP, and in the summer of 2012 the group issued Undersea, a four-song EP with an aquatic theme that included its overall sound. In 2014 they released their fifth album, Familiars, recorded entirely by the band at their Brooklyn studio, then mixed by Chris Coady, known for his studio work with Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and other indie stars. Though Silberman released a restrained solo album in 2017, it wasn't until 2021 that the Antlers returned with new material. Sixth album Green to Gold was preceded by the warm, luminous track "Solstice." Written spontaneously without overthinking, the album's lyrics dealt with gradual change aimed at recapturing a youthful innocence. The album was released in March of 2021 on the ANTI- label.
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