Cave Syndrome

by Transient Songs

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1.
In this darkness light seeps through in the middle of a dream or in an airplane walkin' around in someone elses shoes in the nighttime always a little a little hue In this darkness, light seeps through and as sure as the day will come you will see the sun, shining inside and out of you and as sure as the day will end you will be my friend singin' songs until the AM in this darkness there is light hide from the family for just another day on a back porch where I spent my yesterdays and the friends float by and then they float away and the blinding Texas sun it doesn't wanna come out today lying in this darkness seems cruel and as sure as the day will come....
2.
Floorboards creek in the night and habits form in absence of the sun treasures and trash ashes and laughs fills in the bone where it's cracked and i'm no safer with this gun smoking slows the healing these brittle bones are casting stones in this aquarium that we call home If the Winter was longer I'd fade like a thought I'll hold your hair and comb your words and walking in circles, head in the clouds staying inside and avoiding crowds and i'm no safer with this gun smoking slows the healing these brittle bones are casting stones in this aquarium that we call home
3.
Greenwood Backyards and cold December days forgotten nights and long florescent days standing in the shadows with some blood on my hands things just didn't turn out like i planned
4.
Two weeks in the hills ass kickers and pills and nothing to do except drink I climbed up the family tree and saw where i was conceived search those bags and die in the keys there's a slow fellow with two shaky hands I wanna be closer to you than myself it's a slippery slope built on brittle hopes and a destination that's somewhat unknown like living with no direction and painting your walls with the past abandoned by our own bloodlines and living without your eyes Black pies and white bars and southern hospitality grey skies and white lies and mountains between you and me bad luck a soft touch, a glimpse of mortality and our heroes are old now and some of them are dead how long should you live before you live for yourself? there's an old fire burnin' right between your thighs the most beautiful bird is still learning to fly like windchimes in a tornado or gunshots in the night the cancer in our bloodlines let's you know that something aint right
5.
Well the thinking life doesn't seem to suit you when you act the way and feel like ya do Sunday comes and splinters split inside the skin morning skies are bruised black and blue and rotten wood is soft beneath our feet and we both wish we were someone new Don't let the rain and your fears keep you in you gotta get out and be one with the night someday the earth will be above us but tonight wide open skies wide open skies Well the rain and the blinds come down on the streets at night and the jangle of the chimes make ya blue so you line up the arrows and push off the top think of childhood songs mother sang to you Don't let the rain and your fears keep you in you gotta get out and be one with the night someday the earth will be above us but tonight wide open skies wide open skies
6.
She's got the face and wings that heal and night time is when she feels drifting alone on the Pacific sea and the night time is turning slow We got the beast and more than time tonight hidden down stairs and out of reach just turn out the light and open up your eyes can you hear the sound and feel what's right scratches on records and holes in the floor blood shot eyes let's have one more sin through the summer we'll get better in the fall down on all fours trying to crawl We got the beast and more than time tonight hidden down stairs and out of reach just turn out the light and open up your eyes can you hear the sound and feel what's right
7.
Sand storm beach flicker black and white screens empty park by the sea musical box a lazy symphony broken shells and strangers meet watch your steps fade into the summer snow where are you going where will you go? In so many ways it's slipping away fingers touch then stray the hospital hopes and slippery slopes can lead us astray arrive together, a life on the wall watching the ghosts walk down the hall lungs and livers, an indian giver we all can't last that long holes in the distance, hold out our hand did you lock the doors so they can't get in?
8.
Astoria 02:22
Fade into the night with spirits fog and light and history reaching for the rungs on ladders to the sun by the old cannery sleeping in an old school house that sits by the sea watching our emotions swimming in slow motion in a coastal town
9.
I never wanted to be 33 and out to sea fishing and fighting to stay alive you never hold your own, you never carry the torch running across the finish line it's a cold night in my head the creatures have all passed away they froze to death looking for a burrow patch i never wanted it to be this way so pull the pills off the shelf and put your life in my hands and close your eyes let me be numb, I just wanna watch over you tonight
10.
Sometimes in the morning when I wake up and think about what I've done and step outside and bathe in the shining sun think about the demon I became I know things will never be the same the winter came and I sought shelter in the cave I definitely took more than I ever gave but I can see the light and I'm on my way out

about

Cave Syndrome is the first LP by Seattle based Transient Songs (John Frum). Before departing to Seattle, Frum spent his formative years playing in a slew of obscure and somewhat known Texas bands from fronting 90’s North Texas cult band Hasslehorse to a stint behind the drums for Dallas punkers Hagfish (whose members went on to play with radio heroes Rise Against and Texas icons the Toadies). After arriving in Seattle and meeting Lawrence transplant bassist and multi instrumentalist Andy Gassaway (from Lawrence critical favorites The Pomonas), and discovering they both shared an affinity for 70’s psychedelic rock, Transient Songs released their first EP: the delicate yet feedback laden Plantation to Your Youth in 2008 to acclaimed reviews that compared the EP’s vibe to that of Pink Floyd with the density and disorienting fuzz of Jesus and The Mary Chain. Although traces of the garage psychedelia that litter the EP exist on the new release, Cave Syndrome is a grander musical departure. Those who dig Mercury Rev, The Byrds, Galaxy 500, modern era Church, and the distinctive guitar work that harkens elements of The Chameleons and Galaxie 500 coupled with the lyrical desolation of Scott Walker may find vibes and songwriting on Cave Syndrome to their liking. Comparisons aside, Cave Syndrome is an album that transcends specific genres and dwells comfortably in its own ethereality.

As the first songs for Cave Syndrome were being written and recorded Frum shattered his right humerus bone in an accident and brought the recording process to a grinding halt for five painful months. The isolated winter of the Northwest and a series of tragic personal and difficult psychological events slowed the process even more. As the bone healed and winter wore on, Frum continued writing and recording, bringing in other musicians as needed. In addition to judiciously culling the best writing from the time period, the richly textured and occasionally sparse arrangements also benefit from lush adornments of cello and violin throughout the album.

Although the introspective and impressionistic songs on Cave Syndrome lean to the darker side of the sonic landscape, glimpses of light shine trough like the much welcome sun after a long Northwest winter. Recorded primarily by Frum and Gassaway at his Seattle home, the album additionally benefits sonically from being mixed at Two Sticks Audio in Seattle by engineer Michael Benjamin Lerner and mastered by longtime friend and go to mastering guru Chris Hanzsek.

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released December 22, 2010

Jon Frum - Guitar, Vocals, Drums, bass
Andy Gassaway - bass, guitars
Ruth Davidson - Cello
Amanda Lampreight - Violin

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