The Antlers: “I Don’t Want Love”
The Antlers started as a solo project created by vocalist and guitarist Peter Silberman, but quickly grew to a core trio. Silberman wrote all the songs for the first two Antlers LPs as well as the band’s breakout 2009 album, Hospice, and says that the process was emotionally draining. For the band’s latest release, Burst Apart, Silberman relied on multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci and percussionist Michael Lerner to shoulder some of the construction responsibilities. Burst Apart relies heavily on electronic influences, but the use of synths and keyboards doesn’t take away from The Antlers delicate song craft.
At SXSW, the band performed the new album live for NPR and KUT a full two months before the record’s release (the audio for that performance has expired, but you can check out a live performance at the Sasquatch! Music Festival, here). They were on the tonight show last Thursday, but before they headed out to Burbank, they stopped by KUT to perform a few of the new songs live.
“I Don’t Want Love” is the first track from the recent release, and features Silberman’s haunting falsetto (and takes a cue from Baltimore duo Beach House). This version, captured here at KUT, maintains a dreamy sheen and vulnerability that has become characteristic of the Brooklyn trio.