Fevergreen Stirs Emotions on "Us In Full Bloom"
Listening to Us In Full Bloom, the debut album from Fevergreen has me wondering...why does it feel so good to listen to sad songs? One could reason that it’s the ability to identify and connect with someone who’s going through - or has been through - the same dreadful feeling that’s inside of us at the moment. It becomes more than a distraction; it becomes a source of solace that we’re not alone in our pain. So when darkness approaches, it’s natural to find art that can help us escape, even if it seems that we’re allowing the monster to swallow us whole.
Fevergreen’s freshman album presents listeners with a sound that evokes images of cold snow in December, the hazy blue hues of deep water, and bare trees swaying in the wind. Though peaceful and delicate, each song on Us In Full Bloom carries a certain mournful undertone.. Stated by Austin Vos (vocalist and guitarist of the group), “To me the album is about self love and breaking out of harmful thought patterns”, and I believe releasing one’s emotions into the music as a way of healing is possibly what Vos is describing here.
The title Us In Full Bloom may seem deceitful, with lyrics such as “That’s right where you left me, the deep end, where the water just swallowed me, down miles”, from the song “Hazy Blue”, the allusion in “Canopy” to one passing away while their spirit rides in the wind, along with the multiple references throughout the album to sinking, drowning, or losing oneself completely. Instead of viewing this as giving up on oneself, however, I see the album as a summation of what I’ve previously stated here: that we need a similar sadness to move us forward. We are the ones blooming everyday by making it through whatever madness we are confronting, coming out of it as better people. Referring to one’s final moments is how one realizes they are still full of life. Even if the feeling of loss lingers around, each moment has a stronger focus than before. Of course, as Vos also says, “I’m sure it could mean something completely different for you”.
Though Fevergreen is still a newer group, with a first release as strong as this, I can see them propelling quickly. Us In Full Bloom was amazingly engineered by the team of Austin Vos, Anthony Augustin, and Greg Hendler (GMH Audio) who completed the mastering on the LP. This cooperation between band and producers has resulted in an album that’s perfect for listening to while hiding under the sheets during a cold evening, or out enjoying a quiet sunny day. The mood presented in this work will wash over you instantly, and by and if you open yourself up to the message of the music Fevergreen has created, you will love the transformation they have in store for you.
Album artwork by Isabella Katarina Antolić-Soban