Hospice (The Antlers album)

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Hospice
Hospicecover.jpg
Studio album by The Antlers
Released August 18, 2009
(see release history)
Recorded Watcher's Woods, Brooklyn,
July 2007 – August 2008
Genre indie folk, post-rock, dream pop, [1]
Length 51:47
Language English
Label Frenchkiss Records
Producer The Antlers
The Antlers chronology
In the Attic of the Universe
(2007)
Hospice
(2009)
Burst Apart
(2011)
Singles from Hospice
  1. "Bear"
    Released: April, 2009
  2. "Two"
    Released: June 22, 2009
  3. "Sylvia"
    Released: March 22, 2010

Hospice is the critically acclaimed third studio album by American indie rock group The Antlers, and their first concept album. It was initially self-distributed by the band in March 2009, and was eventually remastered and re-released once they signed to Frenchkiss Records in August of the same year.[2][3]

Hospice tells the story of a relationship between a woman, a male hospice worker, and a patient suffering from terminal bone cancer. Frontman Peter Silberman has been reluctant to divulge explicit details regarding the meaning of the record, and the extent to which it is autobiographical.[4] Silberman has described it as the story of an emotionally abusive relationship (between the hospice worker and terminally-ill patient as well as the couple).

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 83/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC Music (positive)[6]
Lost at Sea (10/10)[7]
New York Press 4.5/5 stars[8]
One Thirty BPM (88%)[9]
Pitchfork Media (8.5/10)[10]
PopMatters (8/10)[11]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[12]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[5]
Drowned In Sound (8/10)[5]

The album was released to critical acclaim. Pitchfork Media endorsed the re-release of Hospice with their "Best New Music" stamp.[13] At the end of the year, the same publication named it the 37th best album of 2009, praising its "power to emotionally destroy listeners."[14] Fan review sites like Rate Your Music and Amazon MP3 have placed the album in its list of Top 10 Albums of 2009. Popular music blog 20 Watts gave it a rating of 18/20 Watts and praised the album's "realism and its sadness, found in its most abrasive lyrics and most expressive instrumental segments."[15] NPR Music placed the album in the #1 position for their Top 10 of early 2009 list.[16] Onethirtybpm named it the best album of 2009.[17] Rhapsody online deemed it the 24th best album of 2009.[18]

Singles[edit]

The first single was "Bear" in April 2009 to promote the self-released version of Hospice. "Two" was the first single released commercially as a digital download in June 2009. The song's music video features a combination of photography and cutout animation, and was directed by Ethan Segal and Albert Thrower.[19] In the United Kingdom, "Bear" was released on 7" vinyl on November 16, 2009, featuring an exclusive remix of "Bear" by Darby Cicci on the B-side.[20] Additionally, an exclusive live recording of "Sylvia" at The Orchard in New York City was released as a download on November 17, 2009.[21] "Sylvia" was issued as the third proper single on March 22, 2010. A music video was produced for the song, directed by Trey Hock, and premiered on the IFC's website on April 15, 2010.[22] The song "Kettering" was featured in the following shows and films: Chuck (season 3, episode 13), Sense8 (season 1, episode 1), The 100 (TV series) (season 1, episode 10) and indie film, Camp X-Ray (film).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Silberman.

No. Title Length
1. "Prologue"   2:35
2. "Kettering"   5:10
3. "Sylvia"   5:27
4. "Atrophy"   7:40
5. "Bear"   3:54
6. "Thirteen"   3:11
7. "Two"   5:56
8. "Shiva"   3:45
9. "Wake"   8:44
10. "Epilogue"   5:25

As well, in the liner notes, all of the songs are given alternate titles.

No. Title Length
1. "Hospice"   2:35
2. "Bedside Manner"   5:10
3. "Sliding Curtains Shining Children's Heads"   5:27
4. "Rings Ill-Fitting"   7:40
5. "Children Become Their Parents Become Their Children"   3:54
6. "Sylvia Speaks"   3:11
7. "I Would Have Saved Her If I Could"   5:56
8. "Portacaths Switched"   3:45
9. "Letting People In"   8:44
10. "Sylvia Alive In Nightmares"   5:25

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue #
United States March 23, 2009 The Antlers Music CD 7 26167-4620-2 3
August 18, 2009 Frenchkiss Records CD (remastered) FKR041-2
LP FKR041-1
United Kingdom October 19, 2009 Frenchkiss/Studio !K7 CD FK041CD

Credits[edit]

Personnel
  • Peter Silberman – vocals, guitar, accordion, harmonica, harp, keyboards
  • Darby Cicci – trumpet, bowed banjo
  • Michael Lerner – drums, percussion
  • Justin Stivers – bass
  • Sharon Van Etten – vocals on "Kettering," "Thirteen," "Two," and "Shiva"[23]
Production
  • Recorded at Watcher's Woods, Brooklyn
  • Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound
  • Original release mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk
  • Artwork by Zan Goodman
  • Design by Darby Cicci

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lymangrover, Jason. "Hospice - Overview". Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Peter Silberman". 4 Retrieved July 2009.
  3. ^ "The Antlers: An Album Review" Retrieved 4 July 2009.
  4. ^ http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2009/08/interview_the_a.php
  5. ^ a b c "The Antlers - Hospice - Music Review". Metacritic. 
  6. ^ Skinner, James (21 December 2009). "BBC - Music - Review of The Antlers - Hospice". Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Shapiro, Ari (29 July 2009). "LAS magazine - Reviews". Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Kantor, Matthew (4 March 2009). "Brooklyn's Antlers Aim Loss Toward the Stars". Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Holden, Elizabeth (2 September 2009). "The Antlers - Hospice". Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Howe, Brian (4 August 2009). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: The Antlers: Hospice". Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Gonzales, Matt (20 August 2009). "The Antlers: Hospice". Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "Joshuatree", Cam (10 March 2009). "The Antlers - Hospice Review". Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  13. ^ Howe, Brian. "The Antlers: Hospice - Album Reviews - Pitchfork". Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Pitchfork: Staff Lists: The Top 50 Albums of 2009"
  15. ^ "20 Watts Album Review" Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  16. ^ "NPR: 2009 already better than 2008" Retrieved 4 July 2009.
  17. ^ "onethirtybpm: The Top 50 Albums of 2009" Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  18. ^ The 25 Best Albums of 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  19. ^ "ChartAttack". Retrieved 19 August 2009.
  20. ^ Antlers, The - Bear (7") at Discogs
  21. ^ Amazon.com: Sylvia: Live at The Orchard NYC: The Antlers: MP3 Downloads
  22. ^ Exclusive! Video premiere: The Antlers' "Sylvia" + free EP!
  23. ^ Peter, Silberman; Evan Kaloudis; Brent Koepp (21 December 2009). "Interview: Peter Silberman of The Antlers" (Interview). Beats Per Minute. Banquet Media. Retrieved 15 October 2013. Yep. She is on 'Kettering,' 'Thirteen,' 'Two' and 'Shiva.'