Atlanta folk-rock/folk-punk/folk-pop outfit Mountain Party are dropping their sophomore album Love and Money on March 10th, and the versatile outfit has given IC the pleasure of debuting the second single (and sort of title track) “All You Need Is Love and Money.”
The track closes the album on a wistful note, as a warm, hollow synth line is placed gently over walking-tempo banjo and guitar. The vocals fit the quiet mood, and the glockenspiel and flutes nestle in perfectly to the hushed atmosphere when they arrive. It’s a loose, gentle, unassuming sort of song that doesn’t really build or fall dynamically: it meanders on straight ahead, becoming a perfect analogue to the lyrics.
The wry take on the hippie anthem’s title is sustained in the content, as mortality, security, and nostalgia are positioned as the concerns of hippies-turned-boomers who would have sung the song. However, the lyrics don’t go for the jugular–this isn’t a critical screed. Instead, Mountain Party takes the filmmaker’s approach, presenting a subject for our consideration. The lyrics aren’t played for drama, just as the music isn’t positioned for theatrics. Instead, it’s a calm, gentle song that you can enjoy on multiple levels. In other words, it’s quite a track.
3/7 – Atlanta – venue TBD (with Small Houses)
3/27 – Montevallo, AL – Eclipse Coffee and Books (with Real Frogs)