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Blog Article 44: A Review of Foreverlin’s album Still After
Echoing through the canyons of Wyoming reverberates the sounds of Foreverlin’s new album Still After as these musical warriors of instrument and word wow the music industry once again. Still After looks to continue this musical dynasty of theres as by adding to the momentum of the indie rock scene bursting out of Laramie and Cheyenne. As I watch Foreverlin continue to blossom and develop their music, Still After continues in the philosophical tradition of tugging at your thoughts and opinions through captivating lyrics of vocalists Peter and Caleb Blomberg and their gritty guitars, bombastic bass playing of Anthony Riedl, and the ever present anthem of drummer Burke Florom.
Still After is just as emotionally gripping as Blueprints. Many songs such as “Speak,” “Rest,” and “Morning” just make you weep with the balanced exchange of instruments and vocals that penetrate the inner most being of the soul. I mentioned that Blueprints felt like musical perfection when I reviewed it in Blog Article 17, but Still After has transcended this position exponentially in the album’s entirety. As I listen again and again, all I want to do is scream atop the highest mountain “there has to be more” because the magnetic nature of Still After keeps drawing me back. I have been playing this album over and over again.
“Above” is the first song to indulge your ears with is melodic beauty. “Above” is one of three interludes that begins with a simple classical piano. As I continued to listen, my senses were heightened to the anticipation being built by a brilliant harmony of additional guitar, bass, and drums, into their first song with lyrics entitled “Pathways.”
“Pathways” felt heartwarming to me as it reminded me of the my current season of life of just being stuck in a rut. The lyrics spoke to this position and reminded the listener to press forward and persevere. If God were singing over me, “Escape” would be the lyrics by which He does this; much like “Pathways”, “Escape” also spoke about not giving up despite set backs you may endure.
“Speak” is an incredibly powerful prophetic song that has captivated my attention the most on their album. I cannot get enough of this song. Ever time I reflect on the lyrics, I am reminded of my own personal sin battles and failures in my own life and how one feels afterwards; that tangible feeling of devastation snuffing out any amount of hope. But the listener is not left in their own devastation of failure as Blomberg sings the words of God speaking directly to the listener. “Speak” ministers in such a powerful way while ending with an organic epic guitar solo.
If “Speak” has a part two to its song, “Rest” would be it. The instrumentals begin in “Speak” but are further explored in “Rest”. This song continues to call the listener back to the truths God speaks over us as doubt clouds our judgment. “Rest” leaves the listener with a sense of melancholy only to be addressed within the lyrics and composition of “Broken Lines.”
“Life is the poetry of broken lines and misspelled words, each one, making us stronger.” Foreverlin has such a way with sifting out philosophical gold from their lyrics, especially in “Broken Lines.” The writer in me rejoiced at this song as I drank deeply of the beauty if the lyrical composition. I mean really…what more could I say about this song? I am personally lost for words as Foreverlin weaves a tapestry reflecting on how the trials of life make one stronger. You have to experience it for yourself.
Next, is the song “It Was You” which begins with an earthy acoustic introduction. The song examines the personal insecurities one has by paralleling a love song while hinting at dependability of God. Near the end of the song, the vocalist sacrifices these insecurities for a higher gain of knowing God while reflecting on how He was seen moving with compassion within these insecurities. As “It Was You” ends, the listener is gifted with a second musical interlude in “Alaska.”
“Alaska” is the second instrumental interlude on their album. All of the musicians are naturally talented and it is always a privilege to allow them to express this creativity through instrumentals alone. The song starts off humble in composition then progresses through various highs and lows of drums, guitar, and bass. Halfway through Florom slows the pace down with a simple marching cadence on drums while Caleb Blomberg’s harmonic guitar pushes chords to their twanging highest. As the song begins to end, a choir of simple vocal harmonies is heard from both Peter and Caleb Blomberg while a melodic violin brings tears to your eyes as one realities this musical Elysium must end as the album transitions to the song “Morning.”
“Morning” begins with vocals and gentle piano. It reminded me of one of those songs that you would see in the credits of a movie and just want to say to yourself “can I just stay in this moment, I don’t want it to end.” “Morning” strikes something deep within the listener’s spirit as that sense of “being in the moment” engulfs every comprehensible sense imaginable. Like I stated before in the beginning of this post, songs like “Morning” you just do not want to end.
“Below” is the third instrumental interlude that reminds me of the peace of God. It is a gentle song transitioning the listener to what one has known all along this emotional roller coaster journey: it must eventually end.
“Sanguine” ends the Still After album with a song about trying to recognize the voice of God when one has fallen. There is hope and grace found in God.
And so Still After comes to an end. Foreverlin has sent me on an emotional journey of self-examination that stirs questions of purpose and meaning in my own life. How I wish other musicians would stir these deep thoughts within humanity as Foreverlin is so phenomenal at doing. Still After was much more than I originally anticipated in the brilliance of lyrics and instruments. Everything just “works” within the album and I am once again captivated by the gifts God has so richly deposited in their lives. May this album be the one that catapults Foreverlin further in their musical journey.
Official Website: http://www.foreverlin.com
Booking/Management: Caleb Blomberg firstname.lastname@example.org
Broken Lines, YouTube, 3:06, posted by Foreverlin Band, April 20, 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAnkFx72jD8 (accessed June 9, 2015).
Foreverlin – Speak, YouTube, 3:32, posted by Foreverlin Band, April 10, 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4IRU34EpKk (accessed June 9, 2015).
Foreverlin. Still After. Copyright 2015 by Pando Records, Warner Music Group, and Word Distribution, MP3.
Foreverlin. Still After Album Cover. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/ForeverlinBand/photos/pb.132751653481952.-2207520000.1433952772./811621428928301/?type=3&theater (accessed May 19, 2015)
Foreverlin. Band Portrait. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/ForeverlinBand/photos/pb.132751653481952.-2207520000.1433952772./811339528956491/?type=3&theater (accessed June 9, 2015)