Foreman's thought provoking lyrics and melody to match mood make The Wonderlands: Sunlight a pick for the summer’s jukebox of hits.
The Wonderlands: Sunlight
Artist: Jon Foreman
Label: Word Entertainment
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Duration: 6 tracks, 24:48
Recent changes in the music industry have allowed many artists the ability to be prolific in their output, but few have had the success of Jon Foreman. Foreman is lead singer, guitarist and song writer of Switchfoot, partner of Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) in Fiction Family, and now has begun his second topical set of EPs in the form of solo work in The Wonderlands. Sunlight is the first part of another four-part story, the first set of four being the Seasons set followed by the Limbs and Branches ‘best of’ album based on Seasons. The Wonderlands 4 EP set is focused on each hour of the day with a song representing that hour.
Soothing and dream-like, Foreman’s lyrics shine true of faith and the struggle that is this human life in “All God’s Children“. In his lyrics hope prevails. “Terminal”, with steady, hot percussion producing the feeling of life’s great march to an end, reminds of this life not being infinite, not perfect but a soul in God’s likeness:
We are, we are the living souls
With terminal hearts, terminal parts
Flickering like candles, shimmering like candles
We're fatally flawed, we're fatally flawed
“Caroline” is a sweet ballad of a person long forgotten and now recalled, and with its sweets strings “The Mountain” gives a poignant turn. “Patron Saint Of Rock And Roll” gives a playful side with underlying ‘toy’ piano and a solid break with soft chorus accompanied by low, heavy bass and horns fading in. Big and majestic in sound and message is “You Don’t Know How Beautiful You Are”.
Foreman’s languid vocals continue to be seductively laid back in the classic southern California sound. This coupled with his thought provoking lyrics and melody to match mood make The Wonderlands: Sunlight a pick for the summer’s jukebox of hits.
Scott S Mertens