That tune is the closest Jantz comes to the blues; his sensibility strays all over the place -- effectively. He grazes chanson on "Stray," effects plush pop with the angelically harmonized "Roam (Motionless Tonight)," tackles honky-tonk in "Deep Dark Night" (a knowing tune about the pitfalls of celebrity), and calls to mind the great rock group Love in "The Streetcorner."
Jantz's debut is a community effort: Lots of people help with background voices and instruments. But it's clearly Jantz's show; one he's been preparing for years, paying his dues in bands and spending time in Europe, working on street corners and in clubs. Jantz's words are swirly, evocative, and softhearted, but his approach and craft are assured. He isn't a tough guy. Rather, Jantz is a dreamer who dares to be different: The one rock song is "Clothes," a track arranged with style and stealth, based on a Wendell Berry poem about cross-dressing. It makes you think, makes you want to dream along.