After releasing two albums that were essentially solo works, it wasn't until Peter Silberman recruited Darby Cicci and Michael Lerner that the Antlers (and Silberman himself) arguably found their sound: a slow, pretty burn. While the Brooklyn three-piece's past three LPs have all been positively accepted by the press and their growing fan base, Silberman has now bravely ventured out on his own once more to record Impermanence.
The motivation behind Silberman's first solo album may have been born of necessity; the singer/guitarist recorded these eight tracks after suffering from hearing impairment that lead to temporary deafness in one ear. Retreating to the quiet confines of Saugerties, NY, Silberman began to regain his hearing, opting to write songs that would feature hushed guitar strums and whispered melodies. The results show the oft-dramatic vocalist crafting some of his most meditative and emotional songs to date, as the high drama is cleverly delivered through pained phrasings and gently cinematic instrumentation.
Joined by faint bass, drums and synths, tracks like the post-rock-structured "Karuna," the gentle lullaby "Gone Beyond" and the haunted, echo-drenched "Ahisma" prove that the true cores of Silberman's songs are what ultimately drive them. He possesses both the imagination and the vulnerability to make Impermanence work and — more importantly — to make it matter. (Anti)