Oct 5, 2009

Intuit-Ramona Falls

"Intuit" is a pleasant surprise. An injection of happiness into your life. Well maybe it shouldn't be a surprise, because this debut release from Ramona Falls represents one more branch in the Menomena family. Ramona Falls is Brent Knopf and "Intuit" was written and performed by Brent, with guest appearances from about 35 friends, including members of The Helio Sequence, Mirah, Loch Lomond, 31 Knots, Talkdemonic, Nice Nice, Tracker, Dat'r, Dear Reader, 3 Leg Torso, and Matt Sheehy. Like Menomena, the music of Ramona Falls is brimming with ideas and overflowing harmonies. The instrumentation through out is quite superb, providing that near perfect blend of joyful melody and requisite pathos. This album is very, very good.

If a strong opener is required to bring your heart and mind into an album, then "Intuit" absolutely nails it with "Melectric". This song is quite simply superb, featuring delicate guitar parts and plaintive vocals before climbing to an explosive conclusion that will have your body rocking to the crashing rhythms. Third track "Clover" is nearly as good, a beautifully layered piece of music that splices stunning percussion with high rising melody for an intoxicating mixture. For something a little less intense but just as good, then I would take a sip of "Russia", or the low key "Salt Sack". Oh, there are highlights everywhere on this album. "Going Once, Going Twice" is all yearning and wanting, whilst "Always Right" will probably most remind you of a Menomena track. Then you have "The Darkest Day", which is a dreamy elixir. "Intuit" is an extremely impressive album, full of surprises and admirable artistry. It is music that has been carefully created, with an eye for daring and an ear for the magic that stirs the heart.

MP3: I Say Fever-Ramona Falls


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