Nite Jewel played to a sold-out Mercury Lounge on Thursday night, supporting fellow electro-popsters Cold Cave. Stream the entire set right here for free.
Before You Press Play
Hometown: Los Angeles
The Facts: Ramona Gonzalez, the woman behind Nite Jewel, has clearly listened to a lot of disco, synth pop, and Latin freestyle in her day. But finding her own sound has been less about building on her influences than subtracting things from them -- namely speed, intelligibility, and most of the bottom end. Cough-syrup slow and cloaked in reverb and tape hiss, Gonzales' bedroom creations are something altogether otherworldly.
The Sound: A sparse, willfully weird take on Arthur Russell pop, with vocals that evoke Debbie Harry singing through a cardboard tube.
Latest Release: Good Evening (2008), Human Ear
He Said, She Said: "Nite Jewel combine warm synths, Eno-esque landscapes and old-school recording techniques—Good Evening was recorded entirely on eight-track cassettes—on an LP that is intimate yet cavernous, classic new wave yet cutting edge." -Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone
"Understanding not only the place of pop hits but also the underground sounds that rose as a response, Nite Jewel’s Good Evening slinks by on the strength of understated pieces like “What Did He Say,” shuffling along with presets that, while originating in a wholly different era, still manage to sound remarkably of our time.” - Michael Crumsho, Dusted Magazine
The Set List:
1. Let's Go (The Two of Us Together)
2. All Out Of Order
3. Falling Far
4. Weak For Me
5. We Want Our Things
6. What Did He Say
7. Want You Back
8. Forget You & I
9. Shadazz (Suicide cover)
11. Another Horizon