Review: The Antlers – Familiars

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The Antlers released their fifth full-length Familiars (third as a band) in June and a review almost five months later may seem pointless. But looking back at its initial reception, I believe few – if any – albums this year are as undervalued as Familiars. It’s understandable; this isn’t an album that immediately jumps at you, nor is it designed to be. Its release was also ill-timed; summer is not a good time to release a record for a band many associate with complex, unconventionally rendered themes of agony, desire, repulsion, torment and loss.

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