"Keep Falling Over" Single (2018)
"Keep Falling Over" was released on May 28th, 2018 and named the #1 song on WTMD's Top 89 Songs of 2018 as voted by WTMD listeners. The funky, pop throwback expresses exasperation with the 24-hour news cycle, referencing discrimination faced by women in politics. The goal for this project was to create an unmistakable "pop" hit, while maintaining the group's signature unconventional choices in regards to form and instrumentation.
In an ongoing effort to feature Baltimore's finest musicians, Outcalls collaborated with tenor saxophonist Derrick Michaels. Multiple layers of sustained notes by the saxophone were stacked and delayed to create a unique, reedy, driving motive featured throughout the track. The vocal bridge is supported by a "sax choir" in which saxophone samples combine with background vocals to create a rich, chordal bed of sound underneath solo vocals. An explosive improvised solo by Michaels makes for a satisfying surprise ending.
Like the political arena, a recording studio can be an intimidating place for women to assert authority. Producing credits for women are scarce in the music industry. The woman-fronted production of "Keep Falling Over" was a milestone on the duo's path to recording and sound engineering independence.