Not all that much goes on in the way of plot in the Antlers' new video for 'Drift Dive,' the first single off their 'Undersea' EP, which dropped back in July. Which is not to say it's not worth recommending -- like an extremely serene animated version of 'Blue Planet,' the clip lives up to the EP's title, taking viewers underwater, past a school of fish and down to a gradually morphing collection of glowing and flickering lights, like some sort of deep sea luminescent will-o'-the-wisp.
The newest offering from the Antlers is as unassuming as it is counterintuitive. That a band that established itself with two albums of urgent domestic conversationals (those being 2009's 'Hospice' and 2011's 'Burst Apart') would next create an aquatically themed four-song EP is, to say the least, surprising, but not nearly so much as the realization that 'Undersea' is really, really good.
Launched in 2010 as a roving satellite offshoot of the UK's popular All Tomorrow's Parties festival, I'll Be Your Mirror has quickly become one of the most eagerly anticipated live indie music events of the year -- and the U.S. lineup for 2012 is no different, boasting appearances by the Roots, the Antlers, Dirty Three, Sharon Van Etten, and the reunited Afghan Whigs.