“Sylvia” is about the poet Sylvia Plath, who, as this song reminds us, committed suicide by putting her head in an oven. This live version of the song, which is off of the Antlers’ Hospice album, is much more quiet than the original. Most notably, the noisy cloud of reverb has been reduced to a subtle fog. Peter Silberman has a singing style very similar to Cold War Kids singer Nate Willett, and the pared-down take here really accentuates its eeriness — particularly when he sings, “Sylvia, get your head out of the oven.”
Listen to the stream at NPR.