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The Antlers Share New Video For New Single “It Is What It Is”

November 10, 2020
L to R: Peter Silberman and Michael Lerner
Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez




The Antlers have shared a video for their new single “It Is What It Is”. Directed by Derrick Belcham and Emily Terndrup, the video features the world-renowned contemporary dancers Bobbi-Jene Smith and Or Schraiber.

“‘It Is What It Is’ is a song about hindsight,” lead singer and songwriter Peter Silberman said. “It considers what might have changed had you handled things differently back then, and the reluctant acceptance that it’s too late for all that now. It’s the inevitability of changing seasons, transitions that feel like loss in the moment, but come to represent growth over time.”

A beautiful arrangement capturing such soulful harmonies, raw and relatable lyrics, and oozing emotion and honesty. It’s a rhythmic and immersive exploration built on soft shuffles, standout sax, and shimmering tones. This track encapsulates intimacy.

The clip is a continuation of the story begun in the recently released video for “Wheels Roll Home”, the band’s first new music since 2014’s Familiars. Watch that song’s video HERE.

“Few songwriters are as well-equipped as Silberman to piece together an all-encompassing narrative,” wrote A.V. Club of 2014’s FamiliarsPitchfork wrote at the time, “they’ve become one of the most interesting indie rock bands working, and the stately beauty of Familiars is the latest satisfying effort from a band that continues to reward those listeners who give them the attention their elegant, secretly weird music deserves.”

Silberman followed the release of Familiars with a solo album in 2017 called Impermanence, recorded after beginning to recover from a hearing impairment. “His multi-octave voice is as intense as Jeff Buckley’s or Anohni’s, but it’s vulnerable without being precious or cloying,” said The Guardian. “No wasted space, no wasted breath or tone. Just a six-song pilgrimage through human fragility,” added Under The Radar.

Last year The Antlers celebrated the 10 year anniversary of their breakthrough record, 2009’s Hospice, with a vinyl-only re-issue and sold out acoustic tour, playing the album in full.


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