What a lovely, lovely indie rock blend anteloper is with their self-titled album Anteloper. So experimental, free flowing, a little jazzy - I am quite taken with it all. There is a charming background of how this band came together as vocalist Stuart Grey needed somewhere to sleep and ended up in the residence of guitarist Ped Teale. From there it was a slippery slope to creating beautiful music together and pulling in more band members in the process. The album features five charming indie tracks packed with electronic embellishments and star quality lyrics.
The first track is "Caper" and it slowly grow on me as it progressed. Right away the lyrics are impressive but I wasn't sure how I felt about the vocals and the lyrics until it all crashed into one another. This is a full-bodied five-minute track with a circular, revolutionary theme that builds in a gorgeous climax of unpredictable themes. I really enjoyed how this song evolved and unfurled into an unforgettable piece for me. While each track carries its own distinctive weight there is a common theme within the structure of each song. They like to build to the point of combustion and then build again. However the means by which they chose to do this is very different every time.
"Parapet" is a great example of how they take what might seem like a mainstream sound and flip it on its head. This song starts out with a bright pop feel to it, but it is really no such thing. The song takes an unforeseen left turn and the words really hit home on this one. These sharp turns are a big part of what make up their signature sound. In fact, when they didn't immediately yank me out of my seat with unpredictability, I was somewhat disappointed. Case in point, "Summertime" is a lovely song, but not nearly as unpredictable as the rest and so it felt a little flat for me.
"Spoons" happens to have a more organic feel than the others with incredible guitar work and interesting percussion concepts. This one has an old school attitude and a new school conviction. It easily became my favorite. To close out the album there is the final song "Lighthouse." This is such a great, somber closer. It has a sincere sense of storytelling.
Indie rock fans looking for that band to get into before they get too cool should consider anteloper. They don't appear to be seeking commercial attention in any way. The only rule they seem to abide by is that rules are meant to be broken and expectations are made to be thwarted. If I had the means to travel to the UK at the moment to catch these guys live, best believe I would be on that plane.
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