Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, I delve into Imre Meszaros’ latest tune, ‘Father.’ The independent singer songwriter works under the moniker of Athmoss, so I’ll refer to him as such throughout this piece. The track, performed entirely by Athmoss, is a tribute to his late father who passed away last year. Let’s talk about the song, and in particular, the ‘piano version’ of the release.
‘Father’ boasts stunningly beautiful instrumentation, something that accents Athmoss absolutely wonderfully. The creative decision to have sparse, but elegant instrumentation was the right one. Aside from a few sporadic string sections that rise and fall in harmony, the piece is performed entirely on piano. This leaves Athmoss in the center and focus of the piece. With such a personal, emotional tune, this was the proper composition and production choice for a variety of reasons.
Athmoss’ lyricism begins as simplistic as his instrumentation: gone are the carefree days of youth. With them, adulthood has been a bit of a mixed bag. Athmoss introspectively muses about the kind of man he is and wants to be, but remains resolute in the idea that his father was a great one. Athmoss attributes his father for inspiring him, introducing him to music, and carrying him through hard times. It’s touching, and Athmoss handles the subject matter so well, which is great, because these tracks can have their heart in the right place and still come out riddled in cliche.
Fathers, mothers, and eventual fatherhood and motherhood have produced some of the greatest songs ever. From Paul McCartney and John Lennon musing about their mothers in ‘Let it Be’ and ‘Julia’ to a modern day Kanye West partnering with the former to write a song about his own fatherhood, ‘Only One,’ parents and the act of becoming one prove poignant subject matter. Athmoss’ take on honoring his father is admirable and well executed, extending a legacy of soft, loving takes on parents in song.