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Nite Jewel on the Making of One Second of Love, Out Now!

Yours Truly sat down with Ramona Gonzalez, the powerhouse behind Nite Jewel, to talk about her new album, One Second of Love, released earlier this week! It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the the album’s composition, from the chord structures and lyrical birth to the awesome mic engineer. Ramona digs into “She’s Always Watching You,” sharing detail on the relationships and interactions that drove the song and the album as a whole. Watch it HERE or click on the photo above. She also recently gave an incredibly insightful interview to Vulture. You’ll definitely want to it read it. As always, Ramona tells it like it is.

With the new album out, Ramona’s in full motion. She’ll hit the road this next week, heading down to Austin’s SXSW for performances at the Secretly Canadian Showcase, Fader Fort, Urban Outfitters Party and more. After SXSW, you can see her live with Chairlift. Full tour schedule HERE.

Nite Jewel Announces Record Release, DaM-FunK Set to DJ


Nite Jewel’s One Second of Love is out on March 6th and what better way to celebrate than a record release party presented by Yours Truly that very day? It’s true; you can see her live at the Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice, California. To add to the excitement is an opening dj set by DāM-FunK. Ramona joins Chairlift at the end of March to tour the States. See the full schedule HERE.

Don’t wait to hear the new record. When you pre-order, you’ll receive an instant download of the entire album. Get your copy HERE.

It’s a Double Whammy! Nite Jewel Previews Another Track from New Album and Stevie Wonder Cover

Earlier this morning, Spin debuted Nite Jewel’s second single, “In The Dark,” from her forthcoming album, One Second to Love. The song begins with a statement of puzzling contradiction from a female singer, a statement which represents a battle cry for those who have fallen victim to love’s disorienting effects. Over simple guitar strings, drifting synthesizers, and an echoing drum loop, Ramona Gonzalez describes human attachment as a paradoxical force that is as alienating as it is intoxicating. Taking cues from Sade and Prefab Sprout, “In The Dark” shows just how much impact can be culled from a set of simple yet effective elements.

Ramona also recently recorded Stevie Wonder’s “Visions” in tribute of Yours Truly founder’s late sister. Echoing the work of Alice Coltrane’s “Turiya Sings,” “Visions (Nite Jewels Seance)” is bare-bones; Ramona reworks the song with effortless grace for a somber, beautiful rendition. Listen below.

You can see Nite Jewel live this spring. Ramona kicks off the tour at Austin’s SXSW and then teams up with Chairlift for the majority of dates-full list below.


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Gardens & Villa play “Orange Blossom” live on Yours Tru.ly

Gardens & Villa met up with the Yours Tru.ly crew in San Francisco earlier this spring to tape this acoustic version of their single “Orange Blossom.” Using a glockenspiel, a baby grand piano and a cajon (box drum) along with their signature bansuri flutes, the band transforms the song into a blissed-out twinkly jam. Be sure to catch them on tour now before they head to Europe later this month.

Nite Jewel Joins Secretly Canadian, New Single Released via Yours Truly

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

AUDIO

Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod
Red Eyes by The War On Drugs

VIDEOS

Busy Baby (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

Innocence by Electric Youth

Conversations by Woman's Hour

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Electric Youth
Innerworld
CD / LP

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