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Hospice

The Antlers

Hospice

LabelFrenchkiss
VertriebAlive
VÖ-Datum23.10.2009

Das Cover des zweiten The Antlers-Album nimmt den Titel und das Thema gewissermaßen schon vorweg. Zwei in weiß skizzierte Hände, die eine mit einem Armband eines Krankenhauses ums Gelenk, die einander zu greifen versuchen. Die Untere ist offen, bereit, die andere in sich aufzunehmen, sie zu umschließen. Dazwischen ist rote Leere, ein schier endloser Raum, den es zu überbrücken gilt. Hospice haben die New Yorker ihre Platte getauft.

Mit dem Thema der Sterbebegleitung haben sich Peter Silberman und die neu hinzu gekommenen Michael Lerner und Darby Cicci einem Thema angenommen, das sensibler nicht sein könnte. Der Erzähler begleitet eine geliebte, krebskranke Person, für die es keine Rettung mehr gibt, bis in den Tod. In solch einer Situation gibt es nur Extreme: extreme Gefühle, die zwischen endloser Trauer, Stärke, Aufgabe, Unverständnis und bedingungsloser Hingabe auch zu einer ungewollten Wut führen. Angst vor zu viel Verantwortung, eigener Schuldzuweisung für etwas, für das niemand etwas kann. Ganz am Schluss geht es nur darum, für diesen jemand da zu sein. Ihn zu begleiten, ihm beizustehen. Egal, wie sich diese Person und man selbst sich verändert. Die Hand zu ergreifen.

The Antlers nähern sich dieser Thematik mit der nötigen Behutsamkeit, sowohl auf textlicher wie musikalischer Ebene. Silberman schlüpft bei seinen Lyrics zu den zehn Kapiteln in verschiedene Rollen, nähert sich den Extremen vorsichtig an, ohne sich an ihnen zu vergehen, sie gar für plakative Zwecke zu missbrauchen. Eine Hilflosigkeit, die Erwartung des Todes, schwingt fast in jeder Zeile mit und macht eine Auseinandersetzung mit Hospice nicht leichter, obgleich sie jederzeit intensiv bleibt. Musikalisch bleibt der Singer/Songwriter-Hintergund Silbermans deutlich, allerdings wird nur selten zu einer Akustikgitarre gegriffen. Mit Hilfe aus Elementen von Post-Rock und Ambient und nicht zuletzt klassischer Popstrukturen gelingen The Antlers sphärische Songs, die zwar meist die 5 Minuten Grenze passieren, doch niemals überladen wirken, sondern ebenso wie die Protagonisten sehr zerbrechlich und einer natürlichen Veränderungen unterworfen sind. Das an Bon Iver erinnernde Falsett Silbermans passt zu der teils erdrückenden Stimmung des Albums, zumal die Stimme oft eher in den Hintergrund gemischt ist. Einzelne Songs aus diesem stimmigen Werk heraus zu heben erscheint wenig sinnig, zu eng verwoben sind die Stücke.

Mit Hospice gelingt The Antlers eine Annäherung an ein schwieriges Thema, über das viele Leute nicht gerne sprechen, da es zu den schwersten Aufgaben gehört, die sich ein Mensch stellen kann. Leider besteht nicht immer eine Wahl. Umso mehr Respekt haben The Antlers dafür verdient, ein Album geschaffen zu haben, das nicht nur textlich angemessen damit umgeht, sondern musikalisch ebenso die richtigen Töne trifft.

 

Tracklist:
  1. Prologue
  2. Kettering
  3. Sylvia
  4. Atrophy
  5. Bear
  6. Thirteen
  7. Two
  8. Shiva
  9. Wake
  10. Epilogue
Highlights:

Two, Shiva, Epilogue

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