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Nite Jewel — Real High (May 5, 2017) ♣ L.A. indie pop band mix shoegaze, disco, and other into a charming retro mix. Also known as: Ramona Gonzalez
♣ “Being an artist is the most selfish thing you can do in a lot of ways. Being by yourself. Being in your own head. Figuring out how to balance that selfishness with the selflessness of making a relationship work is crazy. It’s not linear. It goes up and down. Hopefully we’re getting more mature and figuring out what matters.” (Nite Jewel) Birth name: Ramona Gonzalez
Born: Oakland, CA
Instruments: Vocals, keyboards
Genre: Electronic, Stage & Screen, Synthpop, Female Vocal
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
Album release: May 5, 2017
Record Label: Gloriette Records
01. In the Nite 2:47
02. Had to Let Me Go 4:27
03. 2 Good 2 Be True 3:43
04. Real High 4:06
05. The Answer 3:41
06. I Don’t Know 3:20
07. When I Decide (It’s Alright) 3:37
08. Who U R 3:59
09. Part of Me 3:24
10. Obsession 4:10
11. R We Talking Long 3:46
℗ 2017 Gloriette Records
♣ Cole M.G.N., Nite Jewel 1, 2, 3, 6, 7
♣ Nite Jewel 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11
♣ Guitar Synthesizer — Damon G. Riddick 2
♣ Keyboards — Gabriel Kenny 2
♣ Percussion — Rene W. Solomon 2, 3
♣ Backing Vocals — Julia Holter 7
♣ Synth — Harley Burkhart 10, 11
♣ Vocals — Droop~E
♣ Design — Nite Jewel
♣ Mastered by — David Ives
♣ Mixed by — Cole M.G.N., Nite Jewel
♣ Photography — Jose Wolff
♣ Producer — Cole M.G.N., Nite JewelΞ Recorded over the course of four years, with the help of Cole M. G. N. , these songs of absent love and relentless nostalgia present the most personal, lyric driven Nite Jewel record to date. With everything from expansive, futuristic balladry to mellow dance floor hits, Real High acts as the artists most focused and bold effort yet. Featuring contributions from long~time collaborators such as Dâm~Funk, Droop~E, and Julia Holter, the timeless production, unique voice, and pristine song~craft of Real High create an irresistible combination that only seeks to enhance its affecting message.
How long has this Nite Jewel takeover been in the works?
A: [Laughs] Well that’s how things happen, don’t they? You reside in silence for some time thinking no one will ever hear your music again and then all of the sudden everything you’ve been working on comes to fore. I wrote the title track from “Real High” in 2011, so you can imagine. Since writing that song, I’ve done a ton of music on my own and with some collaborators. Suddenly everything just hit the public. I didn’t really know it would all be at once, but I like the perception of being prolific and musical. Like you thought I was just chillin’ that whole time? Nope I was grindin!
The album “Real High” has a serious, mature dance vibe to it while at the same time retaining that funky bass line movement like in “What Did He Say” from 2009. What was your recording process for this record?
A: It was at once a lengthy process and very immediate. Like I said, I recorded the title track in 2011, all at once, very old~school Nite Jewel demo style. Somehow it just stuck in my mind as being this centerpiece of an album, and the style of the album should be a soulful jam made of few elements. I continued to record around that song, writing tons of tunes with and without Cole. I even finished a version of this album in 2013, but decided against releasing it as I felt the overall production wasn’t right. It was too busy and overwrought. Flash forward to this past fall, and I was ready to re~approach these songs. I stripped them of all the over~production and then wrote a bunch of new ones to supplement (like ‘2 Good 2 Be True’), but I wrote these very fast, like within a week or so. I wanted them to sound inspired and off the dome, not over~thought. The record combines the rawness and newness of that writing style with the long~term progression of production ideas and honing skills.
♣ Good Evening (Album — 2009)
♣ Want You Back (EP — 2009)
♣ You F O (Tour EP — 2009)
♣ Am I Real? (EP — 2010)
♣ She’s Always Watching You (Vinyl — 2011)
♣ It Goes Through Your Head (Vinyl — 2011)
♣ One Second of Love (Album — 2012)
♣ Liquid Cool (Album — 2016)
♣ Nite Funk (EP — 2016) (with Dam~Funk)
♣ Real High (Album — 2017)
♣ Obsession (EP — 2017)
Author: Patrick Green, May 5th, 2017
♣ The dance~pop soul singer reveals her influences and inspirations behind her fourth album.
By John~Paul Shiver, May 3, 2017
Q: I have read in your past interviews that you really don’t like to collaborate that much with other artists. I understand your husband, Cole M.G.N, former guitarist for Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, has been a part of the “Nite Jewel” project from the jump. Dâm~Funk, Droop~E, and Julia Holter have contributed on this as well. These are four very distinct artists. What is the common thread that makes you enjoy working with them?
A: Realness. I’ve met a lot of people in the music industry and when I find a real one, I gravitate towards them. This has to do with attitude and presentation of oneself. Also, the musicality of these people is what draws me to them. They are completely unique. They have their own voice, and it’s intoxicating to work with them.
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