Onward Downward is the title of In Fervor's latest trip, simultaneously unique and familiar, personal and universal, with thirteen embedded journeys, each in their own right, each as part of the whole.
The searing opener of Ground to Air pushes forward and pulls us in like one in search of an answer to an urgent question, through lonely valleys and mountainous highs like the whole album itself. We encounter the musical expression of a lyrical tangle of loss, overcoming, resolve, doubt, anger, fear, sorrow, strength, and triumph.
From the acoustic guitar and cello drawn sympathetic strains of Jesus, to the mournful In The Spirit Of Self Sufficiency that feverishly climaxes as if every last drop of frustration is being wrenched and squeezed until, collapsed and exhausted, nothing is left; from the churchbell crossfade opening of the beautiful voice-driven Seething, to the crushing and triumphant return in Same Waters Twice, In Fervor offers a rigorously honest and refreshingly complex musical maze, without terminus, solution, resolution.
It is a sphinx without a riddle, a mischievous collection of clues with no crime, always affording discovery and rediscovery.