As much as people say that sad songs are tough, they’re actually easier to make than happy ones. Conveying heartbreak is easy, but how do you express cheer without being treacly? Brooklyn’s The Antlers have been delivering beautiful sadness for over a decade now, but on Green To Gold, their first new album in seven years, they manage to bring the brightness without the glare.
There is a definite ‘looking back on summers as a child’ feel to Green, those wonderfully open days that Calvin & Hobbes memorialized so well. But instead of wistful melancholy, The Antlers appreciate those times and others. Green is a soft, bright record, but neither shines too hard nor washes too low-key. The pieces do run together a bit, including both opening and closing instrumentals, for more of a background feel, but the days ran together back then as well.
And they ran together this last year, but for the wrong reasons, cooped up inside. The Antlers’ look back in Green To Gold is also a hopeful look forward, to a more beautiful time.