Its 10:03 AM at the Ballard Day broadcast in Bergen Park Place and it is a bit on the chilly and bleak side, but Brent Knopf and company in Ramona Falls, fresh off of a set at the Sunset Tavern last night, kicked off Hood to Hood 2012 with a energetic 30+ minute set that, coincidentally, brought the sun and clear(ing) skies back to Seattle.
When he decided to quit art rock group Menomena last year, Knopf had a vision in one mind: something more personal, more epic, something “more of a rapid transit between my sleeve and my heart.” The result is Ramona Falls, a clash of beautiful noises, gnarling guitars, plinky pianos, and eloquent vocals to boot. Juxaposting themes of intimacy and peril, loneliness and fragility, Knopf’s multi-layered psych-tinged shoegaze/pop takes several listens to really appreciate the beautifully produced elements. Each song includes a wide variety of elements that at some times compete for your attention but never overstep one another. Fans of Menomena should have plenty to tide themselves over until the next Menomena album hits the shelves.
But in the meantime, the band Ramona Falls absolutely possessed gravitas as they careened through their setlist, which included new material off of their recent LP, Prophet. Opener “Bodies of Water” was emotive and immediately rousing as curious onlookers (and possibly concertgoers from last night) congregated en masse. Even a few enthusiastic people in attendance took to a little hackey sack action and dancing to celebrate the moment. Set closer “Spore” found Ramona Falls at its most unleashed, creating walls, no, cathedrals of sound, as Knopf and the rest of his bandmates looked thoroughly in the moment.
Check out the setlist photos here and stay tuned for Deep Sea Diver live from Bergen Place Park in Ballard at 12PM!