[Review] The Antlers- Undersea

It’s been two years since The Antlers released Hospice, a harrowing concept about cancer that was all mechanical whirrs and haunting falsetto. Since then then they’re expanded their sound to include a remix album (Together) and Burst Apart which was a much easier listen than its predecessor.

Undersea, a four track EP sees them evolve even further and like Hospice’s hospital machinery, the underwater theme is strong with haunting synths and enough reverb to make it sound like the entire thing was recorded in a submarine.

Undersea is their most sonically interesting release to date. All four of the songs provide something different and there isn’t a bad track among them.

Drift Dive is nothing short of gorgeous with subtle horns and echoey synths.

Endless Ladder comes in at over eight minutes and while the lyrics don’t offer the emotional punch of previous records the repetitive backing vocals and delicate keys make it perfect late night driving music. Crest is the shortest track and adheres to the theme the least. Not that that’s a complaint as it’s as good as anything on Burst Apart.  

If you’re attracted to the emotional intensity of The Antlers, you may be left disappointed. But for everyone else this is a quality EP that is hopefully a sign of things to come.

Meredith Line-up Annouced

The Meredith line-up is good. More than good in fact. I don’t know how Aunty does it but once again they’ve delivered.

It’s happening on the 7th, 8th and 9th of December and it’s still the same price as last year and BYO. Amazing!

Here’s the line-up. I for one, am super keen for Silence Wedge. Those guys rock!

Primal Scream

Spiritualized

Four Tet

Turbonegro

 Grimes 

Sunnyboys

Omar Souleyman

 Regurgitator

 Big Jay McNeely

Chet Faker

 Rahzel & DJ JS-1

 Pond

Twerps

 Saskwatch

 Hot Snakes

 Snakadaktal

 DJ Yamantaka Eye *

J.B. Smoove

 Earthless

Toot Toot Toots

Meredith Sky Show

 Brous

 Bitter Sweet Kicks

The Town Bikes

 Otologic

Fraser A Gorman & Big Harvest

Angus Sampson

Royal Headache

City Of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band

 

Silence Wedge