Posts filed under ‘Nite Jewel’
Nite Jewel has a new video for the song, “Clive”, off her latest record, “One Second of Love”. The video was directed by José Wolff. The record came out this past March and can be purchased via Secretly Canadian. “Clive” is the beautiful, shimmering album closer. You can follow Nite Jewel at facebook. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Nite Jewel has a new romantic love song, “In the Dark”, from off her upcoming release, “One Second to Love”. This song follows on the heels of her elegant cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Visions”, that she covered in honor of Yours Truly site founder Will Abramson’s late sister Lauren. Read archived Their Bated Breath posts about Nite Jewel here. To listen to “In the Dark” click this soundcloud link. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Nite Jewel (aka Ramona Gonzalez) covers the Stevie Wonder gem, “Visions”, from off his 1973 masterpiece “Innervisions”. This cover version was created in honor of Yours Truly site founder Will Abramson’s late sister Lauren. Nite Jewel’s moving rendition of this heavily spiritual ballad is stripped down to the song’s core melody. Wonder’s song is about peace as utopia, and is one of my all-time favorites: “I’m not one who make believes / I know that leaves are green / They only turn to brown when autumn comes around / I know just what I say / Today’s not yesterday / And all things have an ending / But what I’d like to know / Is could a place like this exist so beautiful / Or do we have to find our wings and fly away, / To the vision in our mind?” (I’ve always thought the original song, with it’s reflective electric flamenco guitar skitters, sounds so beautiful, like seagulls on a beach.) Download the song below from a link directed to the Yours Truly soundcloud page. You can also purchase a limited 7-inch digital single featuring two songs, “She’s Always Watching You” and “Sister”, that Nite Jewel released back in December. That songs are available at Love Letter Ink, a label run by Yours Truly. All purchases send a $1 direct donation to the Lauren Abramson Memorial Fund, which benefits the Citizens Schools of California. It helps children to become successful in school. Read more archived Their Bated Breath posts about Nite Jewel here. Note: Photo from artist’s facebook page. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Nite Jewel “Visions” (Stevie Wonder cover)
Nite Jewel (aka Ramona Gonzalez) posted a new song on her soundcloud page, the title track to her upcoming LP “One Second of Love”. It begins with a nasty warped beat (think Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel”), combining 80s sensibility, pop, and 70s disco. It’s severely different from her earlier, softer releases, but feels like the natural transition from the retro electro-soul sounds of “Am I Real?”, and “She’s Always Watching You”. The sugary melodies and vocal overlaps fall away on “One Second of Love”, and in their place is a harder more immediate dance rhythm, repetition, staccato drum kit, and spacey synthesizer. There’s one segment of the track where the pretty vocal parts disintegrate into the fundamental rhythm and counterpoint, with a distinct synth note hovering in the background like a muffled chorus, before coming back to her voice again. It’s beautiful. There’s a moment in the lyrics too, talking about love, that seem to encapsulate the track’s mixing of disparate elements: “They talk all the time about our love / At times it’s smooth and at times it’s rough / You’ll advise me how to play when I’m with you / My favorite letter, u.” The record is scheduled for release March 6, 2012 via Secretly Canadian. The track list is as follows: 1. This Story; 2. One Second of Love; 3. She’s Always Watching You; 4. Mind & Eyes; 5. In the Dark; 6. Memory, Man; 7. Unearthly Delights; 8. No I Don’t; 9. Autograph; 10. Clive. Read archived Their Bated Breath posts about Nite Jewel here. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Nite Jewel posted a two new songs from her upcoming 7-inch featuring the electro-funk title track, “She’s Always Watching You” and “Sister”. The songs are being released via Love Letter Ink, a small label run by San Francisco music video blog, Yourstru.ly. Listen to “She’s Always Watching You” below. This December 6th release comes with a handwritten letter of thanks from Ramona Gonzalez, a secret link to watch the making of video from Yourstru.ly recording sessions, and a one dollar donation to the Lauren Abramson Memorial Fund that helps children be successful in school. Pre-order your copy quickly, because the release is limited to 500. These two songs are the lead-up to Nite Jewel’s sophomore release, now that she’s joined to the Secretly Canadian label. It’s scheduled to hit the streets in 2012, and will be the follow-up to 2009’s “Good Evening” and 2010’s “Am I Real?”. You can follow Nite Jewel on facebook and twitter. You can catch one of her upcoming shows on October 12th in London, UK. at Nail the Cross Festival; Oct. 24 in Prague, Czech. at 007; and eventually in the U.S. on November 1st in New York at Mercury Lounge; and in Brooklyn, N.Y. on the 2nd at Glasslands. – David D. Robbins Jr.
We already knew Nite Jewel could groove out. But who knew she was into that old-school party vibe? She compiled a mixtape titled “Lover for the Weekend” for Spinner. You can listen to it here. The mix starts out with some Brownstone “If You Love Me”, then busts into some beautifully quirky, spaced-out trance and even finds time to sashay its way into Supermax. But the diamond on this bad-boy is a re-working of Mick Jackson’s “Blame It On the Boogie”, originally made famous by The Jackson 5. (There’s no relation between the two.) Only this isn’t that cut, it’s a newly released version, with it’s own soulful style and feel good vibe. It’s a sweet housed-out re-imagining by some vets of the Detroit house scene, Theo Parrish, Osunlade, Rick Wilhite, with vocals by Billy Love. Damn, it’s party time. The girls were just screamin’ la-di-da-di. Sounds don’t get much smoother. I’d never heard this track before. But it’s so old-school it feels like it’s being unearthed. You can purchase the song here. Officially it’s on a Rick Wilhite 2011 record called “Aquarium Analog”. Listen to it below. Nite Jewel told Spinner, “This mix is a collection of above and underground favorites that have had some influence on me either recently or in the past.” – David D. Robbins Jr.