Monday, April 09, 2007

Peter Silberman, The Antlers, & Free Music

The currently unsigned singer/songwriter Peter Silberman had a great idea for releasing his 5th album, and that was to give it away to anyone who wants to hear it for the discounted price of $0. That's correct, the Manhattan-based artist opted to release the digital-only album In The Attic Of The Universe for free in hopes of getting his music out there in an easier fashion. And here's the kicker: the music is actually pretty damn good. "The Universe Is Going To Catch You" opens with a delicate guitar strum that builds quickly with the addition of keys and hand claps, and by the time the tracks hits 1:23 the song has moved forward into full-on head bobbing mode. All the while Silberman's hushed vocal style plays nicely with the many other elements included: Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Toy Piano, Moog, Egg-shaker, a little Drum Machine and even some Gravel and Leaves.

At only 21 years old, this is Peter Silberman's 5th release, though only his second under The Antlers moniker. After moving to Manhattan last year, he set up a cramped, make-shift recording studio in his apartment and set to work on what would become The Antlers' first proper LP, "Uprooted", a different sort of take on the transplant album, exploring claustrophobia and sleepwalking against a fuzz-folk backdrop.

He spent 2006 performing throughout his new home in support of the album, and in the fall of 2006, sprawled his equipment on the floor and set to work on "In The Attic of The Universe", a concept-EP in which he ups the instrumentation from the acoustic guitar that dominated "Uprooted", introducing a full rhythm section, moog, accordion, and piano (both traditional and toy) and a host of others, while parts of the album were recorded outside the farmhouse he grew up on with an old Sony shoebox tape-recorder. The result is a sound revolving around swelling ambience and climactic explosions in the vein of The Arcade Fire and Sigur Ros, alongside Silberman's voice, a sort of cross between Jeff Mangum and Jeff Buckley.

The Antlers - "The Universe Is Going To Catch You"

If you like the sound of that, head over to to download the rest of In The Attic Of The Universe free of charge!