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Nite Jewel

Wed Nov 1st, 2017

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Nite Jewel Announces Debut New Zealand Shows In Wellington and Auckland this November.

On the 1st and the 2nd of November, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and producer Nite Jewel (Ramona Gonzalez) makes her long-awaited New Zealand debut, through two intimate shows at Meow (Wellington) and Golden Dawn (Auckland).

Wednesday 1st Nov, Meow, Wellington
Thursday 2nd Nov, Golden Dawn, Auckland

Tickets from UTR, Slow Boat + RPM (WTN) and Flying Out (AKL)

“Real High is the album fans have been waiting for… Her whole attitude reeks simultaneously of someone not giving a fuck 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.

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.

At both shows, Nite Jewel will be performing live in a duo format, with local support from Ducklingmonster in Auckland, and Alexa Casino + Magic & Steel in Wellington.

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Louis Baker

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