Contracting ‘Swine Flu’ really sucks.
I mean for a start you have to let someone else pick up all your food/medication/washing and do pretty much everything for you round the house. Even your employers aren’t looking to rush you back to wellness and work, advising instead to ‘just come back when you feel ready’ and ‘give us a call later on in the week’.
Luckily it’s not just a licence for complete domestic negligence and enforced leisure; believe it or not there are actually a few perks to it as well. Aside from allowing you to stock up on Tamiflu tabs to sell on at attractive profit margins it also allows for significantly increased time online to discover new music while intermittently refreshing your facebook homepage.
That’s the story of how I came to discover Nite Jewel anyway.
Nite Jewel is the musical project of LA dweller Romana Gonzalez who records all her work on an eight track tape recorder (without that ever sounding as clichéd as it otherwise might in this post-Wavves world). I can’t tell if her music is really happy or really sad, but it certainly gives me the same kind of goosebumpy feeling I got when I heard Telepathe and Salem for the first time. It’s euphoric and wistful in equal measure, the sound of sequencers and drum machines mourning their own sense of industry from the dancefloor, the finely textured sonic minimalism of the music always secondary to the reverberant space in which it exists.
There’s no UK shows till October, but hopefully the mp3’s floating around the blogosphere [and if you're real keen her LP, Good Evening, out now on NPIP] should keep you sated till then.
Could someone book a Manchester show please? [We can't afford her] Ta.
Nite Jewel - 'Weak For Me'.mp3 [YSI]
Words: Billy idle