Sunday, June 6th, 2010
The Antlers cover Beach House
The AntlersBeach House on their own – particularly circa their 2006 self-titled debut, were no slouches at crafting lazy, hazy dream pop, but when used as raw material for another artist who also trades in languid atmosphere, the results can be, well, barely there. In a good way.
The Antlers circa 2007 had already mostly evolved from a Peter Silberman solo project into a proper band, but the dynamic between ethereal and crushing that helped define their breakout Hospice hadn’t yet coalesced – or at least wasn’t in play for their Cold War EP, which they’re currently giving away for free.
The three songs on the release are ghostly, even by Antlers standards, but the cover of Beach House’s “Apple Orchard” is the most gossamer of the bunch, more a cloud of reverb held together by Silberman’s quavering falsetto, the suggestion of guitar chords and a steady, distant kick drum. Mathematical proof that when dream pop meets dream pop, the results aren’t additive so much as exponential.
The Antlers are in town for two nights this week, opening up for The National at Massey Hall, and Beach House are here next Saturday as part of the Toronto Island Concert as well as on September 7 at the Molson Amphitheatre opening for Vampire Weekend.