If youâ€™re a fan of Midlake, Bishop Allen, or any band with that similar indie/folk sound, you’re going to love the Brooklyn band, Common Prayer. I’ve had two songs from their debut album,Â There Is A Mountain, on my computer for a while, but didn’t listen to the whole thing until recently. If I had, I most likely would have placed this on my Top 10 albums list last year.
Common Prayer was started by the former basist of Mercury Rev and founder of the band Hopewell, Jason Sebastian Russo. The band is a pretty big departure from his other ones, and I really love when artists aren’t afraid to branch off into new sounds like this. Since they are making the music they love, rather than justÂ cateringÂ toÂ currentÂ fans, it’s often some of the most creative work you’ll find from them.
And that’s exactly the case with There Is A Mountain. This is a pretty experimental album, though in a fun, folksy sort of way. All the songs have a different flavor. The opening track â€œcommonprayerâ€ is one of the catchiest songs I’ve heard in recent years. A few other favorites on the album include â€œUs Vs. Themâ€ â€œOf Saints,â€ “Free Airâ€ and â€œEverything & More.”
There Is A Mountain (2010):