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Undersea [VINYL] [Maxi]

The Antlers Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (19 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Maxi
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B008HOLDNE
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Moments of bliss 29 July 2012
By Kenneth
Format:MP3 Download
The Antlers are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in independant music. Their breakthrough album Hospice possessed all the grandeur and devastation capable of warranting comparisons to Arcade fire's seminal opus Funeral and last year's Burst Apart, evoked the soulful melancholy of Radiohead and Sparklehorse with consumate ease. Undersea is the latest offering from the New Yorkers and although it's only a little over 20 minutes,(technically making it an EP) it's been billed as another significant chapter in their already impressive oeuvre. Undersea continues to see the band take a more sedate approach to songwriting following on from the relatively low key Burst Apart, with each song on here gently unfolding to lush guitar melodies, dreamy electronica and forlorn horns. It's an interesting combination of sounds that at various times remind me of a diverse array of bands from the maudlin alt country of Lambchop to the spacy prog of Pink Floyd. The slow paced atmospherics although full of warmth and humantiy don't really tend to go anywhere on here however, with a particular motif be it a trumpet solo or an electronic effect relied upon too much in order to elevate these songs instead of producing what's actually needed ala Burst apart like a distinctive hook or a dynamic phrase. Peter Silbermans vocal delivery is impeccable as always though, and i guess these songs could be viewed as impressionist pieces designed to be phantasmagorical opposed to catchy. Even though i personally found this EP to be suffering from a bout of lassitude i'm still interested in seeing what The Antlers produce in the future as up to thiis point they hadn't really put a foot wrong and who knows? Maybe this will grow on me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent EP! I wish there was more... 26 July 2012
By C. Clary - Published on Amazon.com
A seamless EP that contains hints of Pink Floyd-ish electronic ambient rock throughout. It is something one could listen to from front to back over and over and not get exhausted of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transcendent ambient space-rock... 11 Aug 2012
By Jack Tripper - Published on Amazon.com
...or maybe I should say "underwater-rock," since the music on the aptly-titled 'Undersea' will make you feel as if you're drifting through the depths of the ocean, much like the EP's cover photo suggests.

As a newcomer to The Antlers (other than the occasional casual listen on music blogs), I'm not going to compare this with their previous work, though I will say that if you like Sigur Ros, the jazzy, near post-rock of later Talk Talk, or even Radiohead, you should feel right at home here, as this takes those bands' ambient, atmospheric qualities and mixes them with melodies that are warm and inviting, as opposed to the slightly cold and distant style of the aforementioned bands. The four tracks here combine to create a sustained, almost serene state of bliss that's nearly impossible not to get swept up in.

Synthesizer effects, sax, and trip-hop beats are used heavily throughout, but never dominate the other instruments, and are never gaudy. It all coalesces seamlessly, and when combined with the eerie, abstract lyrics and the ethereal vocals of Silberman, induces me into somewhat of a trance or dream-like state. Also, I'm pretty sure this album causes me to feel an emotion that is totally unique to the experience of listening to this. It's sort of like feeling "haunted," yet it's euphoric at the same time, if that makes any sense.

'Undersea' is definitely in the upper echelon of modern psych music, and, since purchasing it the other day, has caused me to blow money I don't have on their back catalog. But if the rest of their output even approaches the level of quality found on this EP, I think it will be money well-spent, since I'll be more than occupied for months, if not years, to come. It's pretty rare when an album has as profound an impact on me as this, but boy, is it a great feeling when it does.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most enjoyable records I've ever heard 20 Dec 2012
By Chris A. Romano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl
As other reviewers have noted, this Antlers album is a far departure from the more somber pop music that the Antlers have produced in the past. I've long enjoyed The Antlers since Hospice, but this album has bumped the band up to another level - and it's ONLY four songs. Some of the most incredibly psychedelic tracks I've had the pleasure of listening to; a blend of classic psychedelic rock such as Pink Flowd and The doors with a hint of more modern electronic sounds such as Flying Lotus... yet completely unique. The vocals are on even a higher level than their previous albums as well. Simply stellar is an understatement. 5-stars everyday.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush And Dreamy 3 Aug 2012
By Mick - Published on Amazon.com
This one caught me by surprise since I wasn't aware that anything was even in the works by the band. That's what you get for being a casual fan I guess. Nevertheless, this is really nice EP with a beautiful set of songs. The highlight for me is the 8 min long Endless Ladder as it just slowly brings you along almost as if you were bobbing along the ocean surface as you feel the waves swell beneath you. It's really a wonderful song. This makes me really anxious to see what else they come up with. If you're new to the band, don't miss Hospice and Burst Apart as they are both incredible albums in their own right.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Moments of bliss 29 July 2012
By Kenneth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl
The Antlers are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in independent music. Their breakthrough album Hospice possessed all the grandeur and devastation capable of warranting comparisons to Arcade fire's seminal opus Funeral and last year's Burst Apart, evoked the soulful melancholy of Radiohead and Sparklehorse with consumate ease. Undersea is the latest offering from the New Yorkers and although it's only a little over 20 minutes,(technically making it an EP) it's been billed as another significant chapter in their already impressive oeuvre. Undersea continues to see the band take a more sedate approach to songwriting following on from the relatively low key Burst Apart, with each song on here gently unfolding to lush guitar melodies, dreamy electronica and forlorn horns. It's an interesting combination of sounds that at various times remind me of a diverse array of bands from the maudlin alt country of Lambchop to the spacy prog of Pink Floyd. The slow paced atmospherics although full of warmth and humantiy don't really tend to go anywhere on here however, with a particular motif be it a trumpet solo or an electronic effect relied upon too much in order to elevate these songs instead of producing what's actually needed ala Burst apart like a distinctive hook or a dynamic phrase. Peter Silbermans vocal delivery is impeccable as always though, and i guess these songs could be viewed as impressionist pieces designed to be phantasmagorical opposed to catchy. Even though i personally found this EP to be suffering from a bout of lassitude i'm still interested in seeing what The Antlers produce in the future as up to thiis point they hadn't really put a foot wrong and who knows? Maybe this will grow on me.
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