Transient Songs is an
accurate name for a band built around a singer-songwriter with many moves like
Jon Frum. Born in West Virginia, raised in Texas and a hard-traveler in
geography and tough emotional lessons, he has been experiencing life from the
heartland to the margins — and bringing his darkly-sparkling, artfully crafted
tunes back up to his home in the Pacific NW.
new album Stealing Sand is a masterpiece of
restlessness and the thirst for redemption, shrewdly played with collaborator
Michael Shunk (guitars), Dayna Loeffler (bass), and new drummer Craig Keller.
Previous album Foreign Rooms was critically celebrated, and
its follow up should find even more acclaim. Starting off as intimate home
demos, the other musicians joined him in expanding its textures, and what we
have is a perfect summer night’s album, full of grit and decline, exhaustion
from the heat before.
explains that the album title Stealing Sand describes, “how
whatever we are doing that we think is important in this life probably doesn't
mean much in the grand scheme of the universe. I mean, who cares if we are
stealing sand from empty beaches at night?” He also admits it could be a metaphor
about being stuck in a band, making music for a living against all the
Two of the
best tracks on the album, ’A Reflection' and 'Lost in the Middle' show
the broad emotional palette the full-length offers. The former is a catchy pop
tune, subversively simple, while the latter ferociously explores deeper topics
with a huge, sweeping vibe. The various layers of Stealing Sand should
allure many to its nocturnal charms, the substance of the work bringing them
back again and again for many plays.