Solitude is best enjoyed in the company of music—especially that of The Antlers. As of late, my time alone has often been accompanied by the tracklist of Green to Gold, the New York indie rock band’s newest album following a seven-year hiatus. Green to Gold is perfect for solitary consumption—its signature meditative instrumentals fade familiarly, each song arriving at a peaceful death. Frontman Peter Silberman again proves his talent for providing catharsis as he wields the poignant timber of his voice to create atmospheres for the listener.
Tonally, Green to Gold marks a departure from the Antlers’ past work. Cautiously optimistic, Silberman no longer chronicles moments of loneliness or angst, but rather tells of swimming cicadas, porch lights, and summer skies in “Green to Gold” and “Porchlight.” Silberman’s soft musings suffuse ears with a kind of musical sunlight, slowly staining the surrounding glum with glimmer. His lyrics are grounded in more complex themes such as misconstrued identity and the political climate, but one still senses a quiet clarity and resolve in his peaceful melodies and falsetto. The album is thus aptly titled—if the chaotic distortions and emotional disturbance of The Antlers’ previous albums are green, this album is surely gold.
“Keeping bright, bright bright,” as Silberman croons on “Solstice”, Green to Gold promises a beautiful listen and a still more beautiful future for The Antlers.
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Han is the Creative Director and a Sophomore in the College studying Classics and Art.