Filling the gap between Five Score and the next Switchfoot release, frontman Jon Foreman offers this first installment of seasonally-titled EPs. The Fall and Winter EPs each include six brand new songs showcasing a softer side of the established songwriter's repertoire.
Though I doubt there are many of you reading this who have not heard/heard of Jon Foremans wildly successful band Switchfoot, it is time for all of you to give an ear to his solo prospects. Jon has engineered an ambitious undertaking as his first solo endeavor, namely the release of four EPs, each title for its respective season: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. This is softer, lighter material than you would expect from Switchfootlighthearted at times and quite subtle, with a wide variety of instrumentation. Clarinets, Harmonicasand everything in betweenhelp create an almost fairytale-like atmosphere. I have always thought Jon has an other-worldly voice. He proves it more than ever before on Fall and Winter, Spring and Summer are coming soon.
Andrew Schwab- CCMMagazine.com
It takes about three full spins to rinse the Switchfoot expectations from your mind. After all, Jon Foreman isnt a solo artist, but the well-known figure of a prominent bandso no excuses are necessary if you take the requisite moment(s) I did. But after the mental shift, youll be glad you stuck around; Foremans solo turns are absolutely brilliant.
The first two of four planned seasonally-titled EPs, Fall and Winter, spin largely acoustic yarns of bedroom solitude. Yet, seasonal depression never sounded this good. Foreman now has permission to dive deep into the dark places that a radio rock band (and a Christian one at that!) wont allow, and he takes full advantage, exploring the melancholy side of his own life (Lord, Save Me From Myself, Learning How To Die) or those he sees (Somebodys Baby).
Musically, Foreman stretches his unplugged wings as wide as he can, from the guzhenga Chinese zither of sortson In Love to the slow gospel march on I Am Still Running. The straight-from-Scripture approach of White As Snow melds harmonics with popular Psalms. The haunting My Love Goes Free seems to utilize a piano that hasnt been kept properly. All in all, Foreman keeps a potentially sleepy EP from being just that.
But the primary beauty of these seasons is in the lyrical confessions found in a vulnerable front man allowing you into his heart. Foremans delicate falsetto, especially on My Love Goes Free, expresses pain in ways most artists dont even attempt to strive toward. Foreman is indeed the humble genius we believed he was, with Fall and Winter serving as some of the strongest evidence to date.
MATT CONNER- CCMMagazine.com
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