Label: Frenchkiss Records
The Antlers' 2009 LP Hospice is so epic, so crushing, that listening to it feels like a bullet taking 50 minutes to sink into your chest. Burst Apart captures the aftermath in a slow-burning dream state that's as narcotic as it is haunting. Frontman Peter Silberman is more introspective, examining the fine line between loneliness and independence: His falsetto slithers like a charmed snake as guitars echo and keyboards meander into the ether. "French Exit" grooves, "No Widows" floats in space, "Tiptoe" evokes film noir, and "Parentheses" has Radiohead on the brain.