Mont Royal (II)
Ohio-grown The Lighthouse and the Whaler's Mont Royal sounds similar at times to Band of Horses, with hints of Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues. It changes directions slightly on the sixth track, adding a flavor akin to some of The National's output. Recalling without replicating many great albums, it's a welcome playlist addition.
“In Motion” opens up Mont Royal with rich guitar chords and passionate vocals. The idea of pushing on despite darkness or hard times comes to mind with the ebb and flow of the song. “I Want To Feel Alive” is powerful, with its orchestral arrangements and elevating tempo. LoPresti persuasively belts out the line, “I want to feel alive” numerous times to get the point across. There’s an incredible amount of conviction and fortitude in his voice making the listener feel the exact same way he does. “Glory” is that obligatory track on these type of albums. That track that has the vocalist chanting “oh, oh, oooooohs,” but we like these songs for a reason. There’s heart and soul here. It’s spotlessly structured, with light drum beats and opulent guitars to accompany the vocals. The fourth track, “Senses,” adds some synth and feels more upbeat. It’s more of a dance-rock track. The fast guitars and infectious beats change the feel of the record momentarily, however, it still makes a strong contribution to the album. The halfway point of the ten-track record is “We Aren’t Who We Thought We Are.” This harrowing gem is calm as still water as it slips into the listener’s mind.
At this point in the record, it comes as no surprise that we are bestowed another killer track known as “Closer.” It’s the kind of song that will get you excited about something again. You’ll feel revitalized with the crisp sounds and continuous momentum that the song carries throughout its course. “Old World” offers plenty to connect with soothing melodies and a delightfully open sound. As the listener comes down to the wire on Mont Royal, the experience has been a memorable one to say the least. The final bow is the track “We Are Infinite.” This slow-tempo, reflective tune enlightens listeners on various levels. The marvelous build up with the haunting vocals is painstakingly crafted. The emotional gravity of “We Are Infinite” is unparalleled as this tranquil jam makes you ponder everything you’re up against. Mont Royal is an album that let’s you take a step back to take a look at everything and anything that matters.