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Track of the Day: The Antlers – Hotel

Today’s Track of the Day is the second song to be teased in anticipation of the release of the Antlers’ next…

Today’s Track of the Day is the second song to be teased in anticipation of the release of the Antlers’ next album, Familiars. The video itself, directed by Dereck Belcham, is a perfect thematic marriage to the tones of the track as well as the overall tone of the album.

The song itself is an encapsulation of a popular topic for the band: death.  With lines such as “When I check out/ It won’t matter how my name’s spelt/ ‘Coz when you pass through/ You only keep what you can’t sell”, and the ominous use of the horns, as well as that incredibly fitting guitar solo, The Antlers offer a truly stunning exegesis on everything after life. Explaining things to Pitchfork, vocalist Peter Silberman put the motivation quite simply: 

I was trying to write things that are familiar to anyone, but I was also trying to describe the void, which is a faux pas in Buddhism—this idea that if you try to explain Zen, then you’ve already missed the point. But it’s still fun to try. 

 

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