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Ramona Falls


[Barsuk; 2012]

By ; February 16, 2012 

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For those unfamiliar with Ramona Falls (no relation to indie-pop band Veronica Falls whatsoever), it’s the project of former Menomena member Brent Knopf. In 2009, he released his debut album Intuit to glowing reviews. On May 1st, he’ll look to continue that forward momentum by releasing his sophomore full-length Prophet via Barsuk Records.

The first cut from the album comes in the form of a four-minute long track called “Spore.” It opens with buzzing synths backed by faint percussion before the intricate acoustic guitar kicks in. From there, lush soundscapes and instrumentation are added as it progresses, slowly picking up in tempo. About two-and-a-half minutes in, the bridge consisting of only a bass guitar and synths build this dramatic tension that grabs the listener by both ears as it reaches its explosive climax, filled with crashing drums and a surging piano.

“Spore” is a beautiful, soaring track that’s combines layers and layers of melodies with unique arrangements. As opposed to being in Menomena where songwriting duties were split between the members, Ramona Falls provides the creative freedom that Knopf wants as the sole songwriter. In the closing seconds of the song, he sings “I refuse to believe that it’s hopeless.” If this song is a hint to what the rest of what Prophet will be like, fans definitely have a reason to share his optimism.

MP3: Ramona Falls – Spore


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