The Antler King ist ein Indie-Pop-Rock Band mit Musik des Ehepaars Esther Lybeert (Schlagzeug/Leadsängerin/Keys) und Maarten Flamand (Gitarre/Backing Vocals/Bass). 2011 ist The Antler King mit einem titelosem Debütalbum gestartet und kannte sofort eine ganze Reihe von lobenden Rezensionen. Der Nachfolger "Patterns" ist inzwischenzeit in Belgien im Markt.
Maarten und Esther haben auf ihrer letzten Platte fast alle Instrumente selbst eingespielt und auch live stehen sie nun zu zweit auf dem Podium. Sie wurden ebenfalls mit ihrem Videoclip "Patterns" als einziger Belgischer Band für den Berlin Music Video Awards nominiert. Der Clip wurde auch mit einem Vimeo Staff Pick Award gekrönt.
Die Musik von The Antler King wird manchmal als drohend, aber auch catchy mit psychedelischer Umrandung und unpoliert umschrieben: Zuerst dunkel, dann wieder froh, manchmal gedämpft dann wieder heftig, intrigierend und filmisch. Popmusik mit Risiken. Singer-Songwriting ohne Geflüster.
When The Antler King presented themselves to the world in 2011, the band surprised all of us with a much appraised debut album.
Two years later it is time for their second album Patterns.
Unmistakably The Antler King, yes, but at the same time in many aspects differing from their previous work.
You could easily regard this album as The Big Leap forward, displaying the band’s perfect feel for craftsmanship and genuine emotion.
In comparison to The Antler King’s debut album, Patterns could also be considered as Esther and Maarten’s Musical marriage’, not a surprise since both are officially husband and wife.
Whereas Maarten previously used to find a lot of fulfilment in his guitar-playing sidekick role, his part on Patterns has become more important, resulting in some mean finger picking passages, layers of odd sounds and genius synthesiser and key-finds.
Releasing Gold Red Circles as summer single proved to be a very good choice. It is a very catchy sing-along that easily finds its way to everyone’s long-term memory.
A summer hit, with enough edge to fill fans with euphoric joy until the album release.
The spooky and eerie-threatening title track Patterns would really have fit beautifully on a David Lynch movie soundtrack. Patterns, yes.
You will find them all over the album, symbolising the patterns of life in which you can loose yourself or get stuck.
But there are also reflections on everyday life, on becoming older, and the art of how to put things in perspective.
The Antler King’s craftsmanship lies in – amongst others – creating straightforward acoustic (folk)pop, floating on beautiful harmonies.
Mind you, the band did not move to a far away log cabin to write introspective campfire songs. On the contrary; as a result from unexpected style-choices combined with Esther’s vocals – epic and demure, powerful and soothing – they have created quite a unique sound.
While searching the essence of Esther & Maarten The Antler King received a lot of help from producer/sound engineer Jan Chantrain.
Fed by their die-hard DIY ethics they played all instruments themselves (Esther even taught herself how to play the drums), resulting in somewhat imperfect but passionate performances.
With this approach The Antler King has shed the perfect polish of their songs and replaced it with extra charm and attitude.
A wise choice, showing Esther & Maarten’s musical professionalism and their will to play whatever they feel. There is no hype, there is only music. ©Katrien Brys
All music written by Esther Lybeert & Maarten Flamand
All lyrics written by Esther Lybeert
The Antler King live are:
Esther Lybeert: Lead Vocal/Drums/Percussion
Maarten Flamand: Acoustic & electric guitars/vocals
Bruno Meeus: Acoustic & electric guitars/vocals/harmonica/keys
Mathias Moors: Bass/keys
“The titletrack Patterns’ sounds as if Connan Mockasin and Jacco Gardner sat together to write the soundtrack to the latest David Lynch movie.„
“Strings that slowly fade away combined with the fragile, but ever so pure vocals of Esther Lybeert. Very captivating.„
(RifRaf (NL) – Album review Patterns)
“The band takes your breath away. Ten times in a row. And they don’t need the latest studio technique or strange instruments to do so. The Antler King’s forte: They always stay true to themselves.„
“Patterns sounds intriguing and panoramic; this record has many faces.„
(Kwadratuur – Album review Patterns ***1/2)
“Chain of Memory Lane’ breathes lo-fi and would fit any Ennio Morricone soundtrack. The lyrics beautifully reveal Lybeert’s stream of consciousness and emotions. It is one of the most surprising and honest songs on this record.„
“Not only does The Antler King take you out for a dance, they also know how to touch your soul. This is a great record filled with beautiful songs.„
(Demofarm – Album review “Patterns„)
“’Gold Red Circles’, the catchiest tune of all time, makes you forget all your sorrows. Instant happiness!
“Patterns is a real gem! We are fans. Now you!„
(Bill.be – Album review Patterns ***1/2)
“Holding a great single in their hands (Gold Red Circles’), The Antler King surely is ready to take on the world.„
(RifRaf (FR) – Album review Patterns)
“Titlesong Patterns’ is the sung equivalent of a campfire horror story; the song’s athmosphere and Lybeert’s whispering vocal leads to a sinister tension; the same one that you feel when you are about to enter the dark woods „
“Chain of Memory Lane’ is one the more appealing and inventive titles of the year. Could you describe your stream of consciousness in any other way, using rhyme? Again, The Antler King wrote a beautiful whisper-song.„
(Motherlove muziekmagazine – Patterns ****star album review)
In the last song Warriors’ the guitar sounds like a broken music box with Esther Lybeert’s fascinating vocal as a soothing fairy: “It’s time for tenderness, we’re warriors of this lost cause.„ By then we have given in completely. One cannot fight this record. Impossible.
(Damusic – Album review Patterns)
The Antler King’s performance in the Balzaal (Vooruit) really enchanted us. A varied set, with both intimistic Chain of Memory Lane’ and up-tempo songs, as It Ain’t Mine’
(Het Nieuwsblad – Concert review release concert Balzaal Vooruit)
Summer was there and winter could wait. This five-piece band proved that sobriety works.
(MusicZine – Concert review Glimps Showcase Festival Balzaal Vooruit)