Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards is “I Say Fever” by Ramona Falls available on their debut album Intuit available from Barsuk Records.
Ramona Falls is really Brent Knopf, who is one third of Portland indie darlings Menomena. He takes his solo moniker from a favorite childhood hiking spot. Following in the footsteps of bandmate Danny Seim, Knopf started this side project to keep himself occupied while the band was taking a breather from touring and while they are working on the followup to their critically acclaimed Barsuk debut. Although Knopf initially started working alone, the finished product, Intuit, features over 35 performers including members of fellow Portlanders The Helio Sequence, Mirah, Loch Lomond, and many others. Obviously the touring lineup is much simpler and consists of Knopf along with Menomena bandmate Danny Seim, Paul Alcott (Dat’r), and Matt Sheehy (The Menders).
Famed for being a strong creative force in Menomena and also known for being a multi-instrumentalist, Knopf unsurprisingly turns “I Say Fever” into a multi-layered psych-tinged shoegaze/pop song that takes several listens to hear all the beautifully produced elements. From the dirty sounds of an acoustic guitar to the plinky piano elements, this song includes a wide variety of elements that at some times compete for your attention but never overstep one another. Fans of Menomena will be pleased with this effort, and along with Seim’s other project Lacktherof, will have plenty to tide them over until the next Menomena album hits the shelves.
Ramona Falls is currently on a U.S. tour with stops in most major cities around the country. You can check them out for yourself at The Croc in Seattle on August 28th and at the Doug Fir in Portland on August 29th. Head over to their MySpace page for more dates. In the meantime, here’s a video for the first single, “Russia”: