On Sept. 24, Hither and Yon Records will release 'I Am Mountain,' from pop folk collective, Gungor, led by Michael and Lisa Gungor. Michael, often drawing comparisons to Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire and Bon Iver, uses his skills as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer on 'I Am Mountain' to kick off a journey of stories told, some personal, some allegorical, but all honest and forthright.
Setting aside his reliance on what he calls 'metaphysical constructs I'd known all my life,' Gungor has tapped his considerable musical reserves for a song set simultaneously revelatory in its lyrical content, ambitious in its sonic scope and compelling in its approachability.
Michael shares vocalizations in Gungor with wife Lisa, and together they interact, counter-play and underscore each song's arc with precision and versatility, be it the plaintive whisper of 'Yesternite,' the lost-then-found effect choices made on 'Wandering' and '70s-era evocation on the chorus of 'Let It Go.'
'I Am Mountain' track listing: 1. I Am Mountain 2. Beat of Her Heart 3. Long Way Off 4. Wandering 5. Let It Go 6. Wayward And Torn 7. God And Country 8. Hither And Yon 9. Yesternite 10. The Best Part 11. Finally 12. Upside Down