Green To Gold

The Antlers - Green To Gold
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Based on 16 reviews
2021 Ratings: #147 / 411
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Based on 204 ratings
2021 Ratings: #262
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For once, the band's album doesn't haunt you like an untethered ghost ... it charts the rolling hills, long stretches of flat road, and peaks and valleys of growing into adulthood, as well as the inevitable loss of innocence and ossification of growing older.


It feels like the opening of a new chapter, rather than the closing of the last one.

The Young Folks

Though full of their standard melancholy, Green to Gold is a completely new look for the Antlers.


Green To Gold seems notably more reliant on organic acoustic instrumentation, largely eschewing the backdrops of ambient electronica found on previous albums, and Peter Silberman's half-whispered vocal melodies are more accessible than ever.


There's real beauty here and Silberman marries eventual accessibility with gentle boundary-pushing to create his own, thoughtful world.


It’s still a sumptuously crafted, warmly atmospheric and often beautiful work from The Antlers, proving that Silberman remains one of America’s most gifted, emotionally intelligent songwriters.

Record Collector

Green To Gold is a soft, supple study in dreamy repose, its amber glow made satisfying by Siberman and drummer Michael Lerner's matches of meaning to method.

Beats Per Minute

No doubt there will be those who find Green to Gold just a little too light on the intensity and too heavy on the sentimentality, but this is a necessary and expected progression for The Antlers.

It is a resolutely peaceful affair, totally unconcerned with forcing drama or histrionics onto its gorgeous landscapes.
Northern Transmissions

Chock-full of tranquil songs, Green To Gold displays another side of Peter Silberman’s songwriting gifts–reflective, at times wistful, and contemplative, completely at odds with hefty guitar-driven songs like “Parentheses” and “Bear.”

No longer able to rely on the surges of distortion or Silberman’s shattering falsetto peaks to deliver the emotional death blow, Antlers eased back and let the devastating beauty of the songs speak in a whisper.
Slant Magazine

Sonically, they all have the same placid air about them, with few distinctive peaks or valleys. But even if the songs slide by effortlessly, this approach allows the Antlers to color in a moment without demanding too much attention.

FLOOD Magazine

The Antlers’ latest embraces the changing seasons and the natural inevitability of transitions, and it is itself an elegant musical metamorphosis for a group that seemed crystallized within its mid-’00s indie-rock styles.


On the whole, Green to Gold reshapes the Antlers' once somber and brooding chamber pop into something bright and smiling. The songs strip away the sharpness and volatility the band reveled in on earlier albums to reveal a pleasant glow that was all too often hidden in the shadows.

The Line of Best Fit

By the tenth track of verdant metaphors and leafy imagery, it's hard not to wish for the return of some of the angst which characterised The Antlers' earlier works, just to add a bit of bite. Still, with spring just around the corner, it's hard to be churlish.

Spectrum Culture
The Antlers retreat from the loud and bleak past to give us ten, unhurried songs that each feel like the sonic equivalent of a sun-drenched solarium, the early morning sunlight streaming across your face.
The Antlers shine in their new path of discovery, growth and ultimately maturity. In these 10 selection of songs lies an intimate and gorgeous portrait of the band and their cultivation of indie pop and folk, a perfect album for the autumn season and one of Antlers best. Harmonious in it's tranquility the record is a beautiful testament to the band's spirit and future, an easily highly recommend record for anyone.
You go to an art exhibition - it is a huge space with just four paintings hung on the walls but the room is scented and there are unlimited glasses of a favourite wine to enjoy. Even though over half the time there you are just looking at blank wall you are happy because of the scent in your nostrils and the taste of wine on your lips.

The four paintings are tracks 3,4,7,8...the rest of the album is the experience of contentedly staring at that blank wall.
Truth be told, I never quite got into Hospice. Maybe this is time for another revisit...

"Green To Gold" is The Antlers' sixth record, now twelve years after their beloved, acclaimed "Hospice" concept record, and roughly 7 years since their last release.

"Strawflower" is the introduction to GTG and a beautiful one at that. I waited and waited for vocals to come in but they never did it, only growing its ethereal ambience, taking you on a tour of its surroundings ... read more
Crazy how The Antlers even dropped an album first before the actual The Antlers movie.
Cool but too indistinct. Sliberman's vocal approach will never not be comforting, but I only really find that I can appreciate them fully within the wider spheres of the longer tracks only. There's a nice hazy ambience over the record but it sometimes fogs up the songrwriting on display.
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Track List

  1. Strawflower
  2. Wheels Roll Home
  3. Solstice
  4. Stubborn Man
  5. Just One Sec
  6. It Is What It Is
  7. Volunteer
  8. Green to Gold
  9. Porchlight
  10. Equinox
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Added on: January 13, 2021