A logical extension of Silberman’s work in The Antlers, Impermanence is a beat-up and skeletal record replete with breathy vocals and humming held guitar chords. It finds a good home on Transgressive imprint Anti-. Buyers from Norman/other indies get a special bonus disk with four ambient cuts and the non-album single ‘Slips Away’ - what a nice treat eh.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 23 February 2017Leader of Brooklyn indie rock band the Antlers, Peter Silberman developed a hearing issue which prevents him from being around loud noises (never let him near this office then). He has though turned this potentially crippling impediment into a positive by moving out of Brooklyn and going away to play quiet music. These six slow mo songs tap into that old Miles Davis adage about the notes that you don’t play being as important that the ones you do. Much of this comes across as Jeff Buckley having to dial down the histrionics as his mother is sleeping in the next room. Accompanied by just electric guitar Silberman whispers these songs into the mic with pretty much no other backing at all. It’s a record which surely should be listened to late at night with your pyjamas on. The songs have a ‘classic’ jazz inflected feel to them as if they have been perhaps written by a Cohen or a Buckley (original version). Silberman intones words like a ghost throughout - sometimes reaching up into falsetto but always quietly. Part of the fun of listening it hearing how little noise he can make.
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