Release date: March 26, 2021
New York’s The Antlers recently released the wistful Green to Gold, their first new album (along with a full-length film) since the 2014 release of Familiars. Familiars occupied a space between slinky jazz and smoked-out space rock. It was eerie and full of melancholy. Truly a record for listening after hours. Green to Gold is for daytime listening. It is bright and the content ranges from the lush greenery of Spring to the warm tones of Autumn. The record opens with the instrumental and ambient Strawflower. Reminiscent of balmy Summer evenings complete with the chatty thrum of cicadas, persistent percussion and familiar guitar and piano exchanges. Wheels Roll Home delivers devastating beauty as a whisper rather than a shout. Quiet, country-inflected guitars and handsome flushes of brass and strings fill It Is What It Is with gorgeous warmth. Finally, the title track, Green to Gold is Sunday morning music. A jam to get lost in when you’re in no rush to be anywhere else.
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