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The Antlers - Hospice album mp3

Performer: The Antlers
Title: Hospice
Country: US
Released: 2009
Style: Shoegaze, Indie Rock
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 942
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Hospice is the third studio album by American indie rock band The Antlers, and their first concept album. It was initially self-distributed by the band in March 2009, and was eventually remastered and re-released once they signed to Frenchkiss Records in August of the same year

Well, the Antlers used to be the solo project of Peter Silberman, who wrote Hospice while emerging from a period of "social isolation. During the bedroom recording process, two guest musicians (drummer Michael Lerner and t Darby Cicci) became permanent members. They self-released Hospice in March, and Frenchkiss picked it up after web- and NPR-praise helped sell out its first pressing. But what’s really great is how these modulations of weight are integrated into an album-long sweep, with crescendos nested inside decrescendos, coiling surges inside lengthy unwinding passages. It's as vast and empathetic as loneliness itself, a generous framework through which Silberman can show us almost everything: The tiny figure on the horizon and his huge shadow on the mountain, the extreme weathers roiling about him at once symbolic and real.

Hospice (The Antlers album). Hospice is the third studio album by American indie rock band The Antlers, and their first concept album Contents. Hospice tells the story of a relationship between a hospice worker and a female patient suffering from terminal bone cancer, their ensuing romance, and their slow downward spiral as a result of the woman's traumas, fears, and disease. Frontman Peter Silberman has been reluctant to divulge explicit details regarding the meaning of the record, and the extent to which it is autobiographical. Silberman has described it as the story of an emotionally abusive relationship.

I wish that I had known in that first minute we met the unpayable debt that I owed you. - Epilogue. A concept album of cinematic proportion and emotional catharsis, an effort worthy of recognition for its sheer power to crush hearts and induce tears. This is songwriting and musicianship at its prime and inspired.

Arriving in 2009, Hospice was the third album of graceful, often heartbreaking folk-flavored indie rock that Brooklyn songwriter Peter Silberman wielded under the Antlers moniker. The crushing, beautifully arranged concept album is delivered from the perspective of two central characters: an abusive bone cancer patient on her hospital death bed and a committed nurse who becomes attached and falls deeply in love, despite impending tragedy

As much as I hate to admit it, a little boilerplate is necessary to describe The Antlers' Hospice: yes, frontman Peter Silberman did hole himself up in a Brooklyn apartment to write the album; yes, this was a very sad period in his life; and yes, this does shine through for the duration of Hospice.

Hospice is the critically acclaimed third studio album by American indie rock group The Antlers, and their first concept album. It was initially self-distributed by the band in March 2009, and was eventually remastered and re-released once they signed to Frenchkiss Records in August. Vocalist Peter Silberman wrote the album after over 2 years of social isolation in Brooklyn, New York.


Prologue 2:34
Kettering 5:11
Sylvia 5:27
Atrophy 7:40
Bear 3:54
Thirteen 3:12
Two 5:56
Shiva 3:46
Wake 8:44
Epilogue 5:29


Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
FKR041-2 The Antlers Hospice ‎(CD, Album) Frenchkiss Records FKR041-2 US 2009
none The Antlers Hospice ‎(CD, Album) Not On Label (The Antlers Self-released) none US 2009
FKR041-2 The Antlers Hospice ‎(CD, Album, Dig) Frenchkiss Records FKR041-2 US 2009
FK041, FK041CD The Antlers Hospice ‎(CD, Album, Dig) Frenchkiss Records, Frenchkiss Records, !K7 Records FK041, FK041CD Germany 2009
FK041CD The Antlers Hospice ‎(CD, Album, Promo) Frenchkiss Records, !K7 Records FK041CD Germany 2009
none The Antlers Hospice ‎(CDr, Album) Not On Label (The Antlers Self-released) none US 2009
FK041CD The Antlers Hospice ‎(CDr, Album, Promo) Frenchkiss Records FK041CD US 2009
FKR 041-1 The Antlers Hospice ‎(LP, Album) Frenchkiss Records FKR 041-1 US 2009
FKR100-1 The Antlers Hospice ‎(2xLP, Ltd, RE, RM, Whi) Frenchkiss Records FKR100-1 USA & Europe 2019


1 Prologue 2:34
2 Kettering 5:11
3 Sylvia 5:27
4 Atrophy 7:40
5 Bear 3:54
6 Thirteen 3:12
7 Two 5:56
8 Shiva 3:46
9 Wake 8:44
10 Epilogue 5:29

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Frenchkiss Records – FKR041-2
  • Copyright (c) – Frenchkiss Records – FKR041-2
  • Manufactured By – Red Distribution


  • Artwork By [Front/back] – Zan Goodman
  • Bass – Justin Stivers
  • Design, Banjo [Bowed], Trumpet – Darby Cicci
  • Drums, Percussion – Michael Lerner
  • Mastered By – Greg Calbi
  • Songwriter, Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Harp, Keyboards, Accordion – Peter Silberman
  • Vocals – Sharon Van Etten


Recorded at Watcher's Woods, Brooklyn
Mastered at Sterling Sound

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LN08
  • Matrix / Runout: MM/DD/YYYY hh:mm:ss.AM/PM 1523390 01
  • Barcode (Text): 6 75640 91342 5
  • Barcode (Scanned): 675640913425

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
FKR 041-1 The Antlers Hospice ‎(LP, Album) Frenchkiss Records FKR 041-1 US 2009
FKR041-2 The Antlers Hospice ‎(CD, Album, Dig) Frenchkiss Records FKR041-2 US 2009
FKR100-1 The Antlers Hospice ‎(2xLP, Ltd, RE, RM, Whi) Frenchkiss Records FKR100-1 USA & Europe 2019
FK041CD The Antlers Hospice ‎(CDr, Album, Promo) Frenchkiss Records FK041CD US 2009
none The Antlers Hospice ‎(CDr, Album) Not On Label (The Antlers Self-released) none US 2009

Reviews (51)
Heads and shoulders better than previous pressings, which I considered to be unlistenable. Very clean pressing that makes the songs sound even more intimate. This is the one to get if you want this album.

Fantastic pressing, Atrophy really shines on this release and in general all the quieter vocals have tons more clarity

Incredible pressing, best version of this album currently available. Very happy with it.

did not expect to see hbox on discogs haha nice

I don't have an earlier pressing to compare it to but this sounds great. Also looks beautiful on white.

For the first time as a vinyl junkie we can listen to it on wax seriously. Thanks.

Yes! Confirmed to be way better than the 2009 pressing! :)

Not perfect but certainly a huge improvement over previous pressing. Technically my 2 records are perfect. No off-center holes, scratches or noticeably warped.I compared it against digital (just regular MP3 320 kpbs through DAC) side by side and it's noticeably more spacious and rich. I think that a lot of emphasis and care were put into bringing Silberman's voice up front as he carries the narrative. Thirteen is breathtaking and even more hauntingly beautiful than anywhere else. There are however some sections of noticeable surface noise, coincidentally on the more distorted parts of the album but I guess that’s left to the ear of the beholder.All in all a release that satisfies.

Really an improvement in pressing quality and sound. Still not perfect. The center holes of both discs aren't exactly in the center. This album would deserve the perfect treatment and being pressed in a high-standard pressing plant like Record-Industry or RTI.

Mysterious Wrench
If you love Hospice, get this pressing because it makes the album feel more special and emotional.

This is an incredible repressing of this legendary record. Little to no surface noise apart from the first disk, with much more overall clarity compared to the original 2009 version.

The remaster is definitely an improvement. Very quiet pressing. I’m glad it’s spread over two discs. Unfortunately both of my discs have a slight warp but the sound isn’t impacted. I prefer this version over the original pressing and the cd.

Can confirm it's light years ahead of the original. Probably the first time I've actually heard some of the notes on "Two" and "Shiva." "Epilogue" in particular sounds better than it does on digital.The only issue I have is that there's some surface noise at the beginning of "Wake" but it's built into the song so that's more an issue with the song than the vinyl.

I find it incredibly odd that so many people, over 5 years after this semi obscure record release have thought this album sounds bad. I've had this since the day it came out, and have never once thought it sounded bad. It almost feels like, especially considering all the recent reviews, it's some weird marketing ploy. Just so odd. Colored vinyl and vinyl that hasn't been remastered and from the same mix, will sound at best the same as the original pressing unless it was pressed at a better plant, which the new release hasn't been. I don't buy these reviews at all.

I'm a huge fan of this album and bought this press sealed new. Despite overt surface noise the mastering was extremely bad and sounded horrible on my hifi setup, as many more will attest. Grab the new issue and hear for yourself. It sounds like a whole different album.

I now have both versions and i can confirm you that the new one sounds much better. I was very disappointed about how it sounded on the first pressing (i thought it might have been just mine having problems). Try and buy it, it's worth it :)

Discogs reviews do not cover everyone's thoughts on this particular record. This has been a common issue that people have had for years.It is being listed as remastered on many sites ( https://www.roughtrade.com/us/music/the-antlers-hospice-remastered-version https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MS59Z87?tag=upcomingvinyl-20 https://www.directaudio.net/products/the-antlers-hospice-10th-anniversary-remastered-version-colored-vinyl-2lp ) plus on the discogs listing for it, so there's that.Plus putting it on two slabs of wax would serve to include sound quality by at least some margin, seeing as the album is 52 minutes long and shouldn't have been put on 1xLP in the first place.You more than likely received a pressing with minimal surface noise and didn't notice just how flat the record sounded. You're more than willing to believe an indie label would spend nearly 10 years shittalking its own pressing of its own album on discogs and other websites + in real life conversations just so they could repress it on vinyl that costs like 4 dollars more than the original (because it's on 2xLP), but do you genuinely think that's the case?

Sounds waaay better than my old pressing. Nicely done remaster.

Prayers have been answered. Available on 2xLP white vinyl. Not seemingly limited at the moment, but better to pick it up now. Available here, on Bullmoose, and on Amazon.https://www.musicglue.com/theantlersmusic/products/hospice-10-year-anniversary-2xlp-2

deadly claw
you received yours? i pre-ordered this and still waiting on mine.

Just preordered it, here's to hoping this pressing sounds good.

10th anniversary pressing that's actually good is hopefully on the horizon.

Probably the worst sounding record I have in my entire collection. Which is unfortunate because it’s one of the best indie rock records of the ‘00s

I agree. My disk looks perfect but sound like a hot mess.

black coffe
The album has been lauded for its "power to emotionally destroy listeners". This is true. The sound on this absolutely horrendous pressing is so noisy and muddled that it could make anyone cry in frustration.Such a shame that such a spectacular album received such a poor pressing.

Hilarious Kangaroo
I have this pressing and can say it sounds amazing. I have none of the problems being mentioned below. Pretty surprised it has been a bad expereince for so many folks, great music, great pressing!

Whoa, they weren't kidding. Terrible sound on the vinyl. Muddy, crackle, low volume. Yikes. Shame as the record is really quite lovely.

Another confirmation of a bad pressing. Horrible sound quality in a number of different ways.

I got a copy of this from VNYL and it's horribly off-center. The sound is distorted and crackly. I'm assuming the grooves have been affected because the sound clarity and volume vary with each rotation. The music is great, but this pressing is terrible.

First play was rough, same issues as everyone else here is saying. My gf suggested cleaning it, and that helped as dramatically as this album is. AllI did was wipe it with a microfiber cloth. I plan on cleaning it again after it finishes playing, and probably every other time I want to destroy my emotions going forward.

I bought 3 copies: All three copies are really bad considering the press quality as it stands below many times. We could call this a misspress. A shame considering the beauty of this work.

Seems like everyone complaining is dealing with faulty pressings. It's a well mastered record, done by Salt. However my copy is filled with noise and non-fill, classic Rainbo Pressing.

The price just sky-rocketed from 10 to 45 dollars. wat

Golden freddi
Ordered one through my local store - pressing is horrible. Sound quality is a rollercoaster in sync with the rotation of the record; heavy distortion throughout the entire record, as well as loads of surface noise. Returned it to the store and ordered a second one in hopes of getting a better copy. Unfortunately that wasn't the case, as the second one was the same or even worse. So that got send back too!The album is a masterpiece but the vinyl is a mess. Too bad!

New to vinyl as of last year and this is the first record I've purchased that I'm highly disappointed in. The sound was very washed out and not reminiscent of the beautiful album I'm familiar with.

Isn't the mastering of compression of the vinyl copy different(better) from the CD? Though my copy has plenty of scratches and partial distortion, overall vinyl still sounds better.

After only ever hearing this album from a digital download, I was happy to get the vinyl and hear that it sounds very clean & clear! Better than the digital. I knew that the album was recorded fairly low fidelity, so it's nice to hear it cleaned up well.I can't say I've experienced any of the speed or sound quality issues that some people have mentioned here.Another pro of the vinyl is reading the lyrics from the included printed insert while listening; this album is a ride!

I fell asleep listening to this album for a week straight. I kissed a girl who told me this was her favorite album. We don't talk anymore. I still listen to it.

I've got no issues with my pressing. The speed is accurate, and the sound is much nicer than digital. Centering seems to be as good as any, and as for the lack of bottom end, it is certainly there when the band desires (Shiva, in particular), but I think that overall, there just isn't a lot of low end presence and "oomph" because that simply isn't what was intended. I've listened to the digital version of this over the same system as I'm listening to the LP, and I find the vinyl superior to the digital, much more clear and defined.

happy light
Can't believe I've experienced the same poor quality pressing LP.Musically, the album itself is soul destroyingly brilliant, yet the quality of the pressing is incredibly poor.Please post if you know where I can access a good quality pressing.Thankyou

grand star
i thought this too when i first put it on, but eventually i turned the bass on my stereo receiver to -4 (usually at +2-3) and my treble down to +4 (usually+5-6) and it sounded really good. maybe you have an EQ problem.

I've read a few comments regarding the speed issues of the record. After hearing this album through multiple formats I've concluded it has nothing to do with the record, it's actually a part of the music. The ambient samples drift in and out of tempo underneath the song, adding a dream like texture. Keep in mind, this is a concept album dealing with life, death, and dreams. It wouldn't be beyond the band to incorporate rich atmospheres to the record. 5/5.

same from germany. but i was expecting such a bad quality before reading it here (stupid from me!)....... .

I've listened to this LP countless times, and although I do notice a slight lack of detail and depth, especially in the low end, I've never noticed any speed fluctuations.

Absolutely love the album, but this record is very poor. It's a shame because it really takes away from the album to be honest.

Shame that this record is bad. I was looking forward to get it.Maybe I'll still get it just for the artwork and to have it in my collection, or wait for a reissue.

Same thing. When listening, it seems an old music cassette playing instead of mint lp. Wouldn't recomend buying and selling, since obviously it is a manufacturing spoilage.

I just received this album just today. The pressing quality is rather poor and even worse, the center hole is not in the center, so the speed of the music goes up and down. Really disappointing, as this is such a fine piece of music.

I came across this album through a copy of Q Music Magazine, who rated the album highly. And only until now have i gotten round to listening to it....and by god its pretty damn impressive.Im going through a stage at the moment with my music where i keep listening to 'depressing' albums; or albums with a slow, sad feel to them - purely because my music always runs parallel with how i feel.OK let me get this straight, i dont expect people to cry listening to this album....i dont ever cry from just listening to something unless im very emotional and about to cry in the first place...do not listen to this album and think 'BRING IT ON make me cry'. Although some people have said its made them cry...ive listened to too much music not to get that involved with it...because i listen to my music in public, people might get a bit scared if i start crying in the street, in the store or on the train.But i will say this - this album did make my insides twitch a little. The whole album is a story, which is evident from researching the album in general. If it is a true story or not that is another question, but anyway besides the point because this story, that is more common to appear as text in a book, is told so well it has the same effect as reading a book or watching a film - which is not an easy thing with music.As im sure you know with most sad albums, songs, the tempo is very slow - so it may come as a bore to those more used to listening to more mainstream music. But this album is anything but a bore, okay if you were not paying attention you would think 'the hell is this, who finds this entertaining' - so to see the hype behind this album you need to listen to it a bit more closely - and i very much recommend getting the lyrics as the vocals are not always the most clearest thing and the instrumental can sometimes over power the quiet vocals. That brings me to the fact that the whole feeling of the album, is only just enhanced with the vocals - almost like a quiet cry. Can't say so much about some of the instruments used that can at times appear as a paradox to the meaning of the song. Bear for example has quite a happy-indie feel to it, musically..but when you read into it its lyrics and meanings are anything but.A little warning for first timers, so the majority of this album is quiet...but this album has more emotions running through it than a love-obsessed hormonal teenager - so yes at points the volume of the album almost doubles. I always find this album more effective to listen to using headphones/earphones - purely because you can hear everything more clearly thus understanding the meaning of the album.At time of writing i give it a 4/5 - but most likely after many re-listens that will go up to a 5. A 4 for now because i havent let myself into the whole of this album, because it is one of the deepest, and most consistent albums ive listened too. Also the fact that each song is another 'chapter' to the story - listening to just one track will make you want to listen to the next, and sooner or later you've listened to the whole album.My favourite tracks from this album are Bear (5) and Epilogue (10).Bear because of its 3 minutes and 54 seconds of a paradox, which i think is a really interesting feature to the album, and shows how talented the writers (the band) are.Epilogue because for me it IS the most depressing, deep, emotional, powerful song on the album (**SPOILER**) as its about her (the girl who has cancer, the love interest) death. Of course ive heard of songs about loved ones dying (for example As Your Voice Fades by Emery) but ive never heard it in such a way as The Antlers portray it. For story albums its one of the best endings i've heard (even in comparison to films or books).

This album is, for those who dont know - about a girl who has cancer, and the songs are written from her fathers point of view - as far as i know. This music is some of the most sad, depressing stuff ive ever heard. Their lyrics are genius. They remind me of the sort of songs they play on british drama's when someones being rushed into hospital, and they are showing a montage of whats happening then and whats happening to everyone else. I will give this hint, its best to listen to this music using headphones or loudly...as their vocalist is quiet - to help the feeling. A recommend if you like artists like Bon Iver.

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