Father Mountain do a fantastic job of taking the familiar and making it their own on this passionate and emotional debut. Apartment Living takes influence from a wide range of indie/alt/post-hardcore groups of the 00s like mewithoutyou and Manchester Orchestra. Their sound often hangs around in quiet moments (which allow Zane Martin’s haunting and pensive lyrics to shine), but there’s a ton of potential energy that gives everything a nice sense of momentum. Oh, and they can really bring it when they want (see “Sobriety” and “Hallelujah”).
What Apartment Living really does is showcase a young band on the cusp of future greatness. On its own, it’s impressive, evocative, and punchy. However, the potential for further greatness once the group truly come into their own is absolutely there. Father Mountain are a new band to watch.