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Nite Jewel (USA)


Wed 1 Nov 2017, 8:00pm–12:00am

Where: Meow, 9 Edward St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General Admisson: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Martyn Pepperell

“Real High is the album fans have been waiting for… Her whole attitude reeks simultaneously of someone not giving a f*ck while also brainstorming meticulously, and her music has never sounded richer on so many levels.

The album borrows heavily from the old-school R&B feel of pastime pop greats like Janet Jackson and Aaliyah while mostly marrying this visage to contemporary dancehall rhythms” – Drowned In Sound

One of the most prolific artists to emerge out of California’s sprawling D.I.Y underground over the last decade, Nite Jewel (Ramona Gonzalez) arrives in New Zealand hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed new album Real High. On Wed 1st Nov, she will perform at Meow in Wellington with local support from Alexa Casino and Magic & Steel

With Real High, Ramona updates her feminine inner dialogue to reflect the increasing challenges of hyper-modern society, in particular with respect to selfhood. Recorded over the course of four years in Los Angeles with the help of Grammy-winning producer Cole M.G.N. (Ariel Pink, Beck, The Samps), these songs of transformational love and relentless nostalgia range from expansive, futuristic balladry (“Real High,” “Part Of Me”) to gauzy dance-floor hits (“2 Good 2 Be True,” “The Answer”); the most focused and bold Nite Jewel effort yet. The timeless production, unique voice, and pristine song-craft of Real High create an irresistible combination only bettered when Ramona presents it live.

Aside from Real High, in recent years, Ramona has shared her a B-sides collection Real Low, last year’s album Liquid Cool, a limited edition 12” for Italians Do It Better, and two collaborative EPs (one with Bay Area rapper/producer Droop-E as AMTHST).

If you’re not familiar with her from her solo work, you might know her from her very memorable collaborations with Dam-Funk, Omar-S, Julia Holter, Sean Nicholas Savage, Samantha Urbani, Zoë Kravitz and many others — transforming foggy, fading memories into crystal clear, lucid dreams. In a testament to this, her EP release with Dam-Funk (as Nite Funk) was named Best New Music on Pitchfork.

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