Jul 27, 2012 Web Exclusive
After the cold sterility of Hospice and the forlorn but livelier Burst Apart, The Antlers deliver a four-song EP that occupies an entirely new space. The tension that held those full-lengths together and made them so compelling is absent from Undersea, but surprisingly, the meditative flow of the music feels complete, though not quite as intriguing.
"Drift Dive" moves along on a current of blissful guitars, and the often-camouflaged vocals that immediately identify The Antlers fade further into the background. The gorgeous descending notes of "Endless Ladder" and the jazzy horns and warm electronics of "Crest" continue to emphasize the feeling of floating, of being set adrift. Earlier pieces by The Antlers would have harped on the danger of such a situation, the loneliness, the freezing terror, but Undersea is content to let things come as they may. (www.antlersmusic.com)
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Average reader rating: 9/10