With its combination of mysterious yet timeless lyrics and brooding arrangements, "Arise, Great Warrior," the sophomore album from The Fervor, is a poignant and gripping ride from start to finish. Delivered in her husky voice with its distinct and seductive tone, singer Natalie Felker paints a mystical, dreamlike picture. Alongside Natalie’s radiant vocals and shimmering keys, guitarist Ben Felker, bassist Michael Campbell and drummer Mat Herron create hypnotic atmospheres that stomp and crash toward epic climaxes at the apex of each song. "Arise, Great Warrior" was produced by Charles Gonzalez, who recorded with the band in San Francisco, where they experienced a rebirth of sorts. Rather than aiming for note-for-note perfection, the group strived to capture an enrapturing performance of each song instead. The Fervor then headed back to Louisville to mix the album with engineer Kevin Ratterman. By keeping the focus on the power of what the four band members can do together in a room, the result is an album fueled by an energy that feels potent and organic around every corner. All the exciting twists and turns of the album build up to an ultimate catharsis as the haunting final notes of “Let’s Get Loaded” gently ring out.
A mesmerizing and emotive sound that creeps and builds like a gathering storm.” — Cincinnati CityBeat
It all feels so natural and peaceful … a necessary part of life, newborn and floating freely in the cosmos forever now. — Jim James, My Morning Jacket
It recalls, though in no way musically, the heft of an album like Roxy Music’s "Avalon," where mood and presence thickly drip from the album tracks. — Deckfight
Natalie Felker is an indie rock Karen Carpenter. — No Depression
released February 8, 2011
Natalie Felker: lead vocals, piano, Rhodes, Hammond B3
Ben Felker: backing vocals, electric guitars
Michael Campbell: bass, second electric guitar on tracks 4, 5 and 7.
Mat Herron: drums, percussion, backing vocals on tracks 5 and 6.
Recorded by Charles Gonzalez at Mission Bells and Radical Sounds in December 2009 San Francisco. Additional tracking and mixing at The Funeral Home in Louisville, Ky., by Kevin Ratterman.
Design and layout: Natalie Felker
Front cover print "Ghost Knight" and back cover print "Joust" by Carolyn Kimball.
"Crazy For The Feeling" video produced by Scott Carney and Ryan Daly.