The Antlers "Empty Castles (No Windows Refracted)"
Published Dec 13, 2012The Antlers released Burst Apart in 2011 and have since signed with Anti- and dropped their Undersea EP, but the indie rock band have revisited their prior full-length for a reworking of the track "No Windows."
The new version is called "Empty Castles (No Windows Refracted)," and it's a string-heavy rendition spearheaded by cellist Brent Arnold. He explained the track with the following statement:
I knew I wanted to work with this track as soon as I heard it. The lyrics really haunted me. I recorded many of the cellos in a library in a castle in Burgundy… no joke! I had in mind a kind of rolling, pulsing feeling, rising and falling. Everything I made is of course quite different than the original, except for the big harmonies in the chorus– for that part, I tried to tease out each layer of vocals and play them exactly on the cello, which was tricky as they're very intertwined. But I wanted to be more literal there, because there's something very special about the way those lines work together.