One of my co-workers, who used to run marketing for a few different record labels, once took me to see Ramona Falls at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle.
I was pretty psyched for the offer for a few reasons. I hadn’t really had an opportunity to catch much live music since I’d moved to Seattle. Also, the Crocodile Cafe is one of those well-known venues that I’d always wanted to get to.
The only problem was that I hadn’t heard of Ramona Falls, so he lent me the disc.
Ramona Falls is the solo project of Brent Knopf, who’s best known for his work with Menomena, a band out of Portland.
It only took one listen to see this record didn’t sound much like anything else I’d heard of late. I was intrigued, and excited to see the show.
If you have a chance to see them, it’s an absolute must. And I certainly recommend picking up the album – Intuit.
Ramona Falls has a real sound all to itself. The instrumentation is very layered, and the mix is such that you can hear all of it. It’s at once sparse, but full and powerful. Brent uses a semi-distortion on his vocals at just the right moments.
Check out this live clip of my current favorite song by them – “I Say Fever.” It’s very dynamic – both creepy and powerful. And if you can, pick up the disc. You’ll be glad you did.
And here’s “Bellyfulla,” my second favorite song on the album…
Finally, their new video for the song “Russia,” another of my favorite songs on the album…