Apartment Living is the debut full length album from Nashville-based indie rockers Father Mountain. The LP is a triumph, and comes highly recommended.
Album-opener ‘Grey’ almost gives the impression that Father Mountain are a pop punk band with its sunny riffs and vocals.
‘Sobriety’ slows things down. The song is beautifully put together, with light guitar notes hovering over soft synths and tight percussive beats.
‘Friends’ opens with an overdriven guitar riff that carries the rest of the track. ‘Friends’ is a great song all around, but the guitar work in particular shines through. Alongside the catchy lead riff is a fantastic solo towards the end of the track.
‘Grace’ is one of the more folky songs on Apartment Living, serving as an interlude in-between ‘Friends’ and ‘Hallelujah’. The latter is another incredible piece of music; easily one of the most emotional and hard-hitting moments of the album. Martin’s vocals really shine through on this one.
‘Alabaster’ is another song driven by a gorgeous guitar riff. Another softer, more melancholic track, ‘Alabaster’ is another highlight of Apartment Living’.
‘Wait’, ‘Closer’, and ‘Grave’ all feel like part of the same track. The first of the three, ‘Wait’, takes the listener on a journey through a soft and emotional introduction to a confident conclusion.
‘Closer’ opens with processed beats giving it a unique place on the album. This, combined with some light vocoding leads for an interesting result. ‘Closer’ is probably the closest to a ballad that Father Mountain get on Apartment Living, and is a beautiful little track. ‘Grave’ is another short, transition song in-between ‘Closer’ and the final track.
Album-closer ‘Miracle Of 91’ is a sprawling, epic, and emotionally-charged piece of music, and a wonderful way to end the record. The track is beautiful throughout, but of particular note is Jesse French’s tight, creative drumming.
It would be remiss of me not to mention the lyricism on Apartment Living. There are several repeated lines and motifs throughout, but each song also tells its own story. Father Mountain’s lyrics are emotional, cliché-free, and powerful.
All-in-all, Apartment Living represents an incredible effort from a tremendously exciting band. I can’t recommend it highly enough.