Seasonal EPs by Jon Foreman
As a fan of Switchfoot I was excited when I’d heard singer Jon Foreman was going to be working on a solo project. His solo effort was realized in the form of four EPs each titled for one of the four seasons, Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Each EP has six songs each, amounting to what I would consider a double album and is my number 5 favorite album of the decade.
Once you hear Foreman’s solo work, it is clear his creativity is held back in Switchfoot. As good as Switchfoot is, they generally stick to the same formula. On his Seasons project Foreman takes on the role of a folksy singer song writer and it suits him well. His voice is incredibly controlled leading the music through lush melodies. The acoustic guitar is often accompanied by a wide range of instrumentation including but not limited to harmonica, trumpet, oboe, cello, and piano. Throughout the four EPs Foreman is joined on several songs by some phenomenal female vocalists, only adding to the already rich sound. Although there are 24 songs in total there is never a dull moment; each EP feels unique and yet they all flow together. In terms of lyrical content Foreman seems more free to express himself and is particularly open about his faith. These songs are some of the most genuinely spiritually and worshipful songs I’ve heard. I highly recommend listening to this project with headphones, which will really allow you to pick up on the intricacies and nuance of the vocals, instrumentation and production.