We have been not-so-secret admirers of LA’s Nite Jewel for some time now. Upon its release, her 2008 debut, Good Evening, became the soundtrack to our witching hour doings. In the time since, it has been thrilling to watch NJ’s Ramona Gonzalez pop-funk craft and production mature across releases on Italians Do It Better, Mexican Summer and LA’s Gloriette Records. Gonzalez’s airy but oft distant vocals found new gravitas and charisma. Meanwhile, the synth lines became more agile, and the bass popped tighter and tighter. And so it was that we could no longer in good conscience be passive observers to this exciting, inspiring music. We are endlessly pleased and proud to welcome Nite Jewel to the Secretly Canadian family.
Leading up to Nite Jewel proper follow-up full-length (early 2012), Nite Jewel will release the new “She’s Always Watching You” 7″ on Love Letters Ink, the record label run the team at Yourstru.ly. Each 7″ purchase comes with with a handwritten letter from Gonzalez, secret links to “making of” videos, and a $1 donation to the Lauren Abramson Memorial Fund to benefit Citizen Schools of California. While the 7″ isn’t due until Dec. 7, you can hear and purchase “She’s Always Watching You” right now at Yourstru.ly’s Bandcamp site. The song’s stuttered 80s synth-R&B melodies unfold and unfold into one another in ways both giddy and nonchalant — a perfect primer for next year’s record.
Nite Jewel also has a handful of dates in Europe and New York City starting at the end of October:
10/12 London, UK — Nail the Cross Festival
10/24 Prague, CZ — 007
10/25 Graz, Austra — Elevate Festival
10/27 Dudingen, Switzerland — Bad Bonn
10/28 Basel, Switzerland — Shift Festival
10/29 Leipzip, GE — Lola Bar
10/30 Berlin, GE — Monarch
11/01 New York City, NY — Mercury Lounge
11/02 Brooklyn, NY — Glasslands