Review

CityBeat Review

Dynamic Denver-based Indie Folk collective Gungor is a perfect example of why modern Americana doesn’t appear to be headed in the same faddish direction as, say, the Ska or Swing revivals of yesteryear. Instead of swimming in clichés, being a caricature or trying to adhere to any sort of Roots music blueprint, as the group’s recent I Am Mountain album shows, Gungor writes strong, memorable songs that touch on Indie Rock, Post Rock, Prog, Soft Rock and beyond.

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Music News Nashville - Review

Together with his wife Lisa, Michael Gungor has quite an interesting sound. He describes it as “liturgical post-rock.” I won’t begin to describe what that definition means, but I will tell you this is a very eclectic album – with a variety of sounds and moods for the listening experience. The album kicks off with the title cut, which contains a very dreamy feel, balanced by the fact that the harmony between the two is tight and so in hand with each other that you actually hear the two sounds becoming one. That style also finds itself in the gorgeous “Wandering” – a showcase for Lisa with her soothing techno sound, as well as the soothing “Finally.”

Lyrically, the album is very strong, as well. This is apparent on the dramatic and murky story song approach of “Beat Of Her Heart,” which invites the listener in, and also on the rootsy “Wayward And Torn.” The duo aims for a bit of social commentary on “God And Country,” which is a highlight.

Needless to say, the music of Gungor is not for the faint of heart – or mind. It’s not what I would call background music. You’ve actually got to listen to the music and lyrics with an open mind to “get it,” but once you do, you just might be taken to a better place.

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