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”).

The Nashville-by-way-of-rural-Kentucky group injects their own stamp on the quirky indie alternative style by not actually being that quirky. Sonic shifts happen, but they feel earned more than just random musical left turns – see the energetic mid-point of closer “Miracle of ’91”. Plus, Martin’s voice is actually pleasing and charming in equal doses. He doesn’t resort to talk screaming or exceptionally nasally tones. Instead, he lets his poetic and powerful lyrics do the legwork. The album tells the story of Martin coming to grips with a lot of tough stuff, and Father Mountain do a great job of navigating the tough terrain.

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.

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