Nite Jewel – Memory Man (Single Review)
Apologies to those who have yet to watch the Jim Carey film ‘Yes Man’ as you will have no clue what I’m about to refer to, but YouTube will help you out. You know how whenever you hear a song your brain does that weird thing where it digs down in your memory and instantly relates it to something that you’ve seen, done or heard before? Well, Nite Jewel’s track “Memory Man” brings to mind lady of the minute, Zooey Deschanel and her performance in ‘Yes Man’, where she takes to the stage singing what appears to be a diary entry transformed into an electro-pop track. Of course accompanied with her seahorse hat wearing band members. The similarity is a good thing, everyone loves that scene! Songstress Ramona Gonzalez cleverly channels an 80’s vibe with hints of both Blondie and even The Bangles in a way that is authentic, yet never fails to lose that modern kick.
“Memory Man” seems to be a very classically produced track with the foundations of keys, guitar and drums, nothing overtly complex and nothing more than is needed. The delicate glacial effect of the keys and the warm rush of the electric guitar is an elegant clash, with the glowing LA sunshine – in which the music originates from – radiating throughout the track. The LA music scene has become an influential part in Ramona’s sound which is possibly why the track has so many musical angles. From pop to dance, alternative and RnB, the list goes on. A smoky, intriguing, mature alternative for the intellectuals of the music world. It’s a neat little track, sewn together with the hum of the synths and bass, produced with clear ideas and precision from the engine to the machine, the charismatic Ramona Gonzalez.
With the single “Memory Man” from her album “One Second of Love”, to be released via Secretly Canadian on the 23rd July, Nite Jewel will be coming on over to the UK with a string of dates:
10 – The Grand Social, Dublin
11 – Start the Bus, Bristol
12 – Erics, Liverpool
13 – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow
14 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
15 – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
16 – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham
17 – The Green Door Store, Brighton
18 – XOYO, London