I Am The Mountain is everywhere, from bars and cafes, to caught-in-your-brain as you try and fall asleep. Beginning as a folk project of singer-songwriter Colton O'Reilly, the late-night campfire soul songs that once whispered between the pines in Kananaskis have echoed through almost every music-friendly space in Calgary. The horn-accented songs of I Am The Mountain are the most pleasant and reliable in a city with a maelstrom of eclectic indie. As the band grew into a full ensemble, the heart-on-sleeve earnestness of their early folk songs have morphed into luxurious still-life songs that bring bodies together with smart drumming and scintillating sparkly guitar work.
Their signature song is “Motorcycles,” a freewheeling number about swimming out from under social confines and letting your loved ones stay free on their own terms. The floating bass and fluttering horns circle around each other, sinking back for the sing-along chorus like a warm hug from an old friend.
I Am The Mountain’s soft-cornered soul songs are as euphoric and delirious as a high school prom where everyone is twerking in slow motion. We’re Here for Each Other is their mantra, so be there for them.