RONiiA Premiere "Fool's Game" on Wondering Sound
Debut Self-Titled LP Out Dec. 9th On TGNP
"Fool's Game" was written during the cold polar vortex that occurred during Winter of 2013 in Minneapolis, and on the road between cities in Europe. Nona and Fletcher wrote and recorded their parts in Minneapolis, and the song's production was finalized on a bus passing European landscapes in January. The church venues of Germany and Stockholm and the green hills of Scotland both inspired the "chilling, spectral song, its background full of cold, blinking synths" (Wondering Sound). "Fool's Game" attempts to channel a cold Bristol night and all the great recordings that came from there.
RONiiA (pronounced Row-nee-a) is Nona Marie Invie (Dark Dark Dark, FUGITIVE), Mark McGee (Father You See Queen, Marijuana Deathsquads) and Fletcher Barnhill (Joint Custody, FUGITIVE). Together they produce a mysterious world full of departure, rejection, and love made from dark beats and scuffed up synths. Electronic music that is stripped of its gloss, as wildly innovative as it is original.
For years, Nona Marie Invie toured and recorded with her American folk band Dark Dark Dark, being praised for her "flexible, penetrating voice, shedding both light and shadow on the meaning of her lyrics" (NPR). In RONiiA, Nona explores a fantastic surrealism, resulting in an album that invokes isolation and devotion, to escape and to be found.
Nona's dissonant, shadowy presence is enriched and fortified by McGee's eerie production, a style he has been perfecting for years in bands like To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie and Marijuana Deathsquads. As a group, the three members of RONiiA create a world that is both gorgeous and intense, where your eyes are snails and the fish eat your skin. There is peace under water.
01. Last Words
03 .Fool's Game
06. Slow Daze
Praise for RONiiA
"it’s a genuine pleasant surprise that the combined forces of Dark Dark Dark’s Nona Marie Invie, Marijuana Deathsquads’ Mark McGee and Fletcher Barnhill of Joint Custody and FUGITIVE have produced something so beautiful and arresting." -- Wondering Sound
"Imagine Cat Power atop a beat composed by Air, Massive Attack, or Clams Casino." -- Death + Taxes
"[RONiiA] blends synthpop and indie rock together with menacing results." -- Consequence Of Sound