The last installment of Jon Foreman’s The Wonderland project is here with Dawn.
This project has been ten years in the making and stemmed from Jon’s after shows. And may I just say that the tens years was worth the wait. The songs that have become part of this project are both lyrically and musically beautiful.
Dawn begins with “Inheritance,” a beautiful song that states, “I want to be rich in memories, not money. Our love is our inheritance.” The song begins with a simple, rustic guitar before the drums kick in, but the tune is still soft and beautiful from beginning to end.
The second track on the EP is “Run Free.” The opening melody has a somewhat dream-like feel, but I believe it fits this song perfectly. As the track progresses it takes on an uplifting feel. Once the song reaches the half way point (about) the break down of vocals and instrumentals is well done and unique. The basic message of this song is that we must break free from ourselves and run free.
“Inseparable” is another one of those songs that has a beautiful guitar melody. When vocals are added this gives the song a dreamy feel as well, keeping with the idea of the dawn. The violin in the middle of the song matches well with the guitar. I also can’t forget the lyrics, which Jon is so good a penning – gorgeous.
“When We Collide” is a song I remember from years ago. It’s one that Jon sang at an after show and I immediately fell in love with it. When I saw it made the cut and was part of this EP, I was thrilled and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it translated during studio recording. It’s a simply, honest love song that states the truth – love is not easy, nor is it black and white, but rather something we must constantly work on. The lyrics in this song get me every time – simply beautiful.
In the second to last song, “Mercy’s War,” begins with a slow, lulling guitar. At first the melody might feel a bit odd, but it grows on you and it really is beautiful.
The final track on this EP fills me with an overwhelming joy and energy. “Before Our Time” has a simply message – time goes by fast, so we should live while we have the chance. “Let us sing before our time runs out,” rings Jon’s voice in the chorus. Time is fleeting and life is meant to be experienced so let us live. After all, “our time is now.”
Each track on the Dawn EP keeps with the light, dawn-like atmosphere. The melody carries you effortlessly through from beginning to end. (And not that I like choosing favorites, but Dawn might be my favorite EP of The Wonderlands. Although, it’s hard to truly say because each one if unique and beautiful for different reasons.)
Overall I give Jon a lot of credit for coming up these 25 songs – one for each hour of the day (and lets not forget daylight savings time when we gain one hour). I highly recommend giving Sunlight, Shadows, Darkness and Dawn a listen if you haven’t already. This project may have been ten years in the making, but all that time was certainly worth the wait.
If this post peaked your interest of the Dawn EP please feel free to listen to the two sample songs below.