This release conjures forlorn vistas and cinematic undercurrents and world weary narratives / Navigates to the doobie-littered altars of Pink Floyd and the Byrds. Bleary, exquisite and wholly transcendental. - Mean Street Magazine, San Diego like the best psychedelic music, this stuff works like a new drug. / It's disorienting and maybe disturbing at first, but then it becomes addictive / Plantation to Your Youth is an EP that gets better the more you listen / one of my favorite releases of 2008 - Prefix Magazine Effortlessly evokes the orchestral grandiosity of pre-sandpit Brian Wilson / Any comparisons probably won't do much to please Transient Songs themselves: their lyrics and dexterous musicianship really are entirely their own. - DOA (Delusions of Adequcy) 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 and lyrical departure. Those who dig Mercury Rev, The Byrds, modern era Church, and the distinctive guitar work that recalls elements of The Chameleons and Galaxie 500 may find vibes on Cave Syndrome to their liking. Similarities aside,Transient Songs is a band that transcends specific genres and dwells comfortably in it's own ethereality. As the first songs for Cave Syndrome were being written and recorded in December 2008 Frum shattered his right humerus bone in an accident and brought the recording process to a grinding halt for five painful months. The isolated and wingless winter 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 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. The LP was recorded primarily by Frum and Gassaway at Frum's Seattle home and 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 maestro Chris Hanzsek.