The Antlers know how to piece together music that sinks into your skin, with previous albums Hospice and last year’s Burst Apart, this group hits an emotional point with each of these releases. Their new EP, Undersea, is a very experience that is stays exactly where it needs to and doesn’t go on for too long.
While their previous EP, Together, was a very disjointed effort that didn’t have solid grounding, Undersea has a clear structure and sound that floats through all four songs. “Drift Dive” opens the EP with some light saxophone and even some harp going softly in the back. Peter Silberman’s voice is just as far back and still oddly effective as it was on Burst Apart, but the rest of the instruments provide enough distance to make the listener feel like they’re in some far off place.
“Endless Ladder” starts with some piano and disjointed guitars that slowly build into a very solemn beat. Of course, the element that really makes this song fantastic is Silberman’s voice, and it might be the best moment on the EP.
“Crest” has some odd electronic beats that get things started and then adds in some warm bass lines and saxophone that sounds close to “Tiptoe”. The song builds up some electronic flourishes and gets close to a Radiohead tune.
“Zelda” gets started with more sax and some really prominent bass. Silberman’s lyrics are great and the silky guitar that comes in overlaps the saxophone perfectly.
Undersea is a great example of what EP’s should be. An experience that doesn’t overstay it’s welcome and goes where it needs it and then leaves. The Antlers continue to grow with this release by restraining themselves to four song and not overblowing this release.
Rating: 8.2 out of 10.