THE ANTLERS Fa­mil­iars Trans­gres­sive Records ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - LAUREN MUR­PHY

The Antler’s made their break­through on a 2009 con­cept al­bum. Hospice epit­o­mised the Brook­lyn trio’s draw: darkly in­ti­mate lyrics wrapped up in a dream­ily im­pro­vised mu­si­cal pack­age. Their method hasn’t changed for their fifth al­bum. Peter Sil­ber­man’s voice is al­lur­ing through­out these nine un­der­stated tracks, which stretch and bend to en­com­pass trick­les of jazzy im­pro­vi­sa­tion, plump dou­ble bass and the soft toot of brass. Dop­pel­ganger is a high­light, its creepy blend of eerie cabaret en­hanced by a lazy piano mo­tif, while the qui­etly chaotic rhythm and zoom­ing un­der­cur­rent of synth on Di­rec­tor is be­guil­ing. The lilt­ing pop of In­trud­ers pro­vides the al­bum’s most up­beat mo­ments, but also sums up its one de­fect; as en­joy­ably low-key as Fa­mil­iars is, it doesn’t al­ways nec­es­sar­ily lead to a sat­is­fy­ing con­clu­sion. antlersmu­sic.com Down­load: Dop­pel­ganger, Di­rec­tor

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