Green to Gold is the much- anticipated new album from New York based,
Indie/Folk band, The Antlers. Perhaps what distinguishes Green to Gold from the rest
of TheAntlers' canon is its, well, sunniness. Conceived and written almost entirely in
themorning hours, Green to Gold is the band's first new music in nearly seven years,
and easily their most luminous to date."I think this is the first album I've made thathas no
eeriness in it," singer and primary songwriter Peter Silberman asserts. "I setout to make
Sunday morning music."
The brighter outlook emerged, paradoxically, after a succession of ominous events. In
2015, Silberman suffered with an auditory condition that made touring near impossible
and he retreated to the quiet of Upstate New York to heal. His return in 2017 with a solo
album was short lived when he was diagnosed with lesions on his vocal chords, which
required surgery and again a quiet rest and recovery period. Silberman explains. "I took
these health obstacles as a sign that I should changecourse for a little while. I hadn't
made a full stop like that since The Antlers began."
But he still felt the strong pull to spend time and work with longtime drummer Michael
Lerner, and frequently invited him up to visit the idyllic hamlet he now called home.
The two friends' days typically involved long walks in the woods, but routinely ended
up in Silberman's converted-garage studio. "I would record him playing drums in the
studio while he listened to old soul and R&B songs in headphones... and those drum
recordings ultimately served as starting points for thesongs that followed. At the time,
we were merely attempting to make music together again, without really knowing how
to approach it, or to what end."
"I think the shift in tone is the result of getting older. It doesn't make sense for me to try to
tap into the same energy that I did ten or fifteen years ago, because I continue to grow as
a person, as I'm sure our audience does too. Green to Gold is about this idea of gradual
change," he sums up. "People changing over time, struggling to accept change in those
they love, and struggling to change themselves. And yet despite all our difficulty with
this, nature somehow makes it look easy.
Green to Gold is a triumphant return for The Antlers, their first new album in 7 years
For fans of Grizzly Bear, Perfume Genius and Broken Social Scene.