A Recordstore.co.uk Signed Exclusive of the album that defines The Antlers. One of the most experimental, heartbreaking and influential records of indie rock history.
Hospice turns 10 this year. Let that one sink into your old, shriveled hearts. Their third and most beloved full-length, Hospice opened our collective eyes to The Antlers’ achingly brittle anthems, a sound that could pierce the far-reaching souls of the festival grounds just as easily as the intimate bars and clubs. Peter Silberman’s vocals could morph from almost-inaudible whispers to thunderous falsettos, especially evident on tracks like Sylvia and Wake. These weren’t the kinds of tracks that you could put on in the background. They moved us emotionally, but more importantly, they reminded us of our mortality.
Now, does anyone have the original pressing? I was one of the many listeners who immediately went out to buy the vinyl when it came out in 2009 and, like all of those other buyers, was shocked at how horrid the sound quality was. No hyperboles here, that first and only pressing of Hospice is one of the worst-sounding records I have ever laid ears on. Today is the day for redemption, friends. Remastered and now on a double LP, our Hospice comes back home to rest. For £20, I’m willing to give her a second chance.