song: "Hoax" - Ramonda Hammer
words: Joel Parmer
Ramonda Hammer’s new song “Hoax” absolutely rules. It’s the first single from the group’s upcoming LP I Never Wanted Company, which drops on June 14th via New Professor Music.
“Hoax” immediately builds up a wall of tension with a simple palm-muted guitar riff atop lackadaisical vocals calmly emphasizing words: “We will have to save ourselves, blunt but thoughtful nonetheless. We are hiding way down low, sacrificing limbs for rope, a hope hoax.”
The tension hits a breaking point at just about thirty seconds in, and vocalist Devin Davis wails out gritily sustained notes into the first distorted full band passage. Her voice is akin to Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino, but with a heavier vibe. The infectious yet short-lived outburst teeter totters with a melancholic repetition before jumping right back into a head-bob-worthy chorus again.
“Hoax” continues to swelter as the bridge fuses together a final bass driven chorus. The snare drum hits the back of the beat in just the right place as final words “No one is coming, no one” invades the ears. Simplicity is a key element to the songwriting style featured in this single; it strikes all the right chords. The hooks presented in “Hoax” stick with you after a single listen, as feedback trails in a seamless fadeout.
Be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled for Ramonda Hammer’s new record I Never Wanted Company, as well as a music video for another single on the quickly approaching horizon.