Monday, May 02, 2011
The Antlers - Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out review
The latest single from the perpetually despondent Brooklynites is a bit of an enigma for the sole reason that we are forced to listen to it without the context of the entire album. The boys from the band said that their new effort, Burst Apart, would be a step in a different direction, even hinting at incorporating electronic sounds to a certain extent. "Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out" does indeed have an electronic tinge to it, in that there is an echoing little twinkle that had me searching for my mobile, as I thought it was ringing. Peter Silberman's voice is also processed to a certain extent, although the band primarily sticks to traditional instruments.
The single clocks in at a little over three minutes and while I can't work out whether or not there is any significance to someone's teeth falling out, it is a tight, engaging ride. "Every Night" seems to incorporate all of the elements that made their first album such a joy to listen to. Vocal croons are left in tact, and delicate finger plucking leading into massive wails of electric guitar with bombastic choruses fuse together seamlessly. The song seems to be an organic and natural progression in The Antlers sound. That being said, one of the reasons Hospice was so good was because of its cohesiveness, it remains to be seen whether or not that cohesion reappears on Burst Apart, but so far, so good.
Listen to Burst Apart in its entirety courtesy of NPR.