“‘It Is What It Is’ is a song about hindsight. It considers what might have changed had you handled things differently back then, and the reluctant acceptance that it’s too late for all that now. It’s the inevitability of changing seasons, transitions that feel like loss in the moment, but come to represent growth over time.”
These kinds of internal, introspective songs are where The Antlers are at their best, and “It Is What It Is” does not disappoint. Using their naturally graceful instrumental style, The Antlers bob through “It Is What It Is” like a friendly, humble shrug, pushing away their regrets – something that seems simple at first but holds untold depth. Silberman’s voice is the perfect vessel to make us feel that vanquishing all of the weight of the past, especially as he sings of poignant images and moments. With all this pent up emotion dissipating in languorous tendrils of melody, and wreathed in gorgeous sax, “It Is What It Is” floats to a rich, regal – but still understated – resolution.
You can listen to the song on your preferred streaming platform, but the video for “It Is What It Is”, which you can see below, is a sequel to the previous “Wheels Roll Home”, is directed by Derrick Belcham and Emily Terndrup, and stars world-renowned contemporary dancers Bobbi-Jene Smith and Or Schraiber.
“It Is What It Is” is released via ANTI- / Transgressive. We’re still holding out for an announcement of an album or EP from The Antlers, but for now you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.