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 selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Bodies of Water” by Ramona Falls from the 2012 album Prophet on Barsuk Records.
It’s Friday! And to put you in a good mood for the ensuing weekend, and especially for today’s Hood to Hood Ballard Day broadcast — they begin the Bergen Place performances at 10AM — we offer up the toe-tapping opening track off the new album by Portland’s Ramona Falls. Originally conceived as a side project of frontman Brent Knopf, who was one-third of the creative force behind Menomena, Ramona Falls is now his full-time obsession. And the focus has paid off. Knopf put the energy into establishing a band instead of bringing in various collaborators as he did with the critically well-received debut album Intuit. He also spent time crafting more personal songs and bringing more of his story into the lyrics. Today’s featured song, “Bodies of Water” is a rousing, anthemic ode to the thoughts, fears, and powerful feelings that developing real intimacy brings out. Jaunty piano, soaring guitars, and a driving beat provide the vehicle (let’s say a convertible in this case) for Knopf’s emotions to hit the road.
Hopefully, you caught Knopf et al last week at The Sunset, but if you missed it, there’s still time to catch them performing live on the air TODAY at 10AM! Then they’re off to the wild blue yonder as they take off on a national tour with The Darcy’s. More dates and info on their website. Until then, here they are playing today’s song “Bodies of Water” at a special in-store appearance at Music Millennium recently: