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Jon Ransom / Press

“The package for Jon Ransom's debut CD, On a Lark, is the handsomest thing I've seen in some time, each one of its precious 60 copies coming in its own hand-sewn, silk-screened pouch that's fastened shut by a safety pin. The music inside is just as lovely, as Ransom's acoustic songs float by like clouds effortlessly making their way from horizon to horizon. Ransom cites Glen Hansard of the Frames and the Swell Season as an influence, and his songs are similarly uncluttered, directly emotional affairs, but Ransom is also capable of a modesty and warmth that's not often found in Hansard's melodrama. On a Lark is going to be something to treasure for a long time to come.”

“Nothing ruins a solo album like heavy-handed production, which is part of the reason Jon Ransom's sparse and lo-fi debut disc, On a Lark, works as well as it does. There are little melodic flubs and a few less-than crisp moments, but the disc—like labelmate Barry Brusseau's A Night Goes Through' before it—charms largely because of just how personal it sounds. That said, spindly opener "Blue Jay" and the rough, tropical-feeling "I Know What Haunts You" might float a little better in concert than tunes like the more generic "Warm Bed." A nice voice goes a long way with me, as do these raw recordings—Ransom's off to a pretty good start. ”