Crafted entirely on a Casio Tonebank keyboard and a digital delay pedal, Ramona Córdova’s third album On Paper invites us into a world awash with sonic nuances, where vocals slash at us with soothing, bleeding, cuts. A world where the melodies of keyboard, violin, and a broken megaphone, peak out like soft beams of sunlight from behind an ominous blanket of clouds.
Born, Ramón Vicente Alarcón, February 17, 1984, in the Mohave Desert of Kingman, Arizona; this peripatetic, self-taught, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter & composer, better known as Ramona Córdova, has performed over 400 shows in 20 countries around the world, including South Korea, Russia, China, Japan, Taïwan, México, Canada, The United States of America, as well as throughout Europe and Scandinavia; Opening for artists such as, Cat Power, Seu Jorge, Dirty Projectors, Mt. Erie, Ariel Pink, and Four Tet.
“Sarah M. is so admirably sweet and genuine. That comes across in the soft melodies they pin against the hum of their bass guitar. Sarah’s songs are small confessions with big meaning that dive into the heart of things more easily conveyed in their tender lilt. “t-shirt” is about Sarah “falling in love with someone that wasn’t a dude and the realigning of identity that occurred because that person came into their life.” Sarah’s gradual acceptance slowly reveals itself in the song’s lyrics and the confident resolve of the refrain.”
“…’t-shirt’ is from [Swell Tone’s] cassette compilation called Summer of Sad…”
-Shana* @Swell Tone