Fear of Men's Fall Forever is an exploration of resilience.
Listening to Fear of Men’s latest album Fall Forever is much like being a porous sponge floating idly and soaking in a vast pool of nourishing sadness. Personally, I love to pick old wounds and spend the entire dinner date with the love of my life doing my own psychotherapy. If you’re at all the same, Fall Forever is a grand fit for your emotionally competent and voyeuristic soul, bless it. The opening track “Vesta” is the match that lights this glorious masturbatory exploration of sadness and distress. Its hymn-like tone cues the devotion to woe that’s about to ensue. Throughout the album eerie oscillating synths and distorted guitars pillow Jessica Weiss’ hyper self-aware poetry while the percussion toys with the mood. For instance, “Trauma” is much like a phoenix’s tale. It begins with calling out an aggressor saying “You give me trauma / You give me more than I can bear,” only to rise up at the end with “My words repeat I don’t need you to see / I’m beyond good and evil today / I’m a force to fear / You’re a void to be filled / Now there’s nothing to keep me here.” Weaving through the track is a militant snare that brings an undertone of power.
Apart from “Trauma” and “Sane,” "you" is a pronoun that Weiss uses sparingly on Fall Forever. The absence of accusatory “you’s” makes all of the emotional responses on the album seem several times removed, mulled over, processed, and reprocessed allowing for more level-headed and introspective evaluations of the actual events. Lines like “I’m like an island without a shore / I used to be scared to be misunderstood / Now I don’t care if I’m not what you want / I used to be scared to be the stronger one” sound like a conclusion made with both time and space. Evenly sprinkled throughout the album are little glorious insights such as this that we can all borrow. Fall Forever is an album for the subway commute, the laundromat, your Facebook stalk and all the times you reflect on the hundreds of people and circumstances who’ve helped you build your resilience in a world where we can be all too cruel to each other.
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Written by Brooke Segarra