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20 Watts Reviews Ramona Falls’ Intuit by Irina Dvalidze
Brent Knopf of Menomena releases a “solo” side-project Ramona Falls’ Intuit

Brent Knopf of Menomena releases a “solo” side-project Ramona Falls’ Intuit

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WE GIVE IT: 17/20 Watts

Barsuk Records, responsible for such acts as Death Cab for Cutie, They Might Be Giants and Syracuse’s own Ra Ra Riot, has another memorable venture to add to its hall of fame. Brent Knopf of Menomena, following in the footsteps of his fellow band member Danny Seim, has embarked on a “solo” side-project of his own — if you can call a collaboration with 35 different musicians as a solo-project, that is. Knopf teamed up with members of The Helio Sequence, Mirah’s band, Loch Lomond and 31 Knots, to name a few, for his new endeavor Ramona Falls’ Intuit.

Intuit, due this Tuesday, is charming, melodic and full of sentimental nostalgia that immediately captures the soul. Knopf creates an unexpectedly impeccable harmony by exploring a range of sounds we rarely have the pleasure of hearing. Rather than relying on mechanical jingles, he finds bliss in seemingly basic instrumentals. Continue reading

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Editor Picks 44: Yup, Portland is Great by Jen
October 29, 2008, 7:51 am
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As a native of Portland (Oregon), I’m always hard-pressed to decide on my favorite Pacific Northwest band. I mean, not to brag, but we’ve produced some pretty amazing artists: Elliott Smith, Modest Mouse, Sleater-Kinney…I could go on and on. My new top pick are Oregonians the Helio Sequence. Though they’ve been on the indie radar for quite some time, their latest album (released last January) Keep Your Eyes Ahead is a must-listen. From shimmering sing-along pop to accessible folk anthems, all enhanced by lead singer Brandon Summers’s incredible rasp, it’s hard to believe that the group consists of a mere two members. Check out a live version of my favorite track, “Can’t Say No,” a propulsive, melancholic track whose lush sound is equaled by Summers’s intelligent and socially-conscious lyrics.

– Jen Gramer, Front of Book Editor

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