California native Ramona Gonzalez first began her transcendent minimalist dance-pop escapades in the privacy of her own home in Los Angeles. With the aid of her multitrack cassette recorder and whatever keyboards, drum machines, and other instruments that were available to her, she very quickly developed her own unique sound and began performing live in the L.A. area under the moniker Nite Jewel.
Later teaming up with Cole M. Greif-Neill (formerly of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti), the Nite Jewel act became four piece live act, touring alongside the likes of Little Dragon, DaM FunK, and James Blake. The Nite Jewel sound has been likened to that of a warped, lo-fi version of Late-80’s Freestyle Electro sensation Debbie Deb and has also found appeal among not just the ‘indie rock’ & ‘experimental’ crowd but also among avid listeners of hip hop, funk, disco, & soul. While very fond of these aforementioned genres and artists, Nite Jewel gathers much of her inspiration from the likes of L.A. Free Music Society’s experimentalist Tom Recchion, obscure UK new age electro-acoustic duo Woo, and the sublime ambient electronic music of groups like Germany’s Cluster and Italy’s Sensations Fix. Nite Jewel never hesitates, however, to cite 90’s R&B pop groups such as TLC & SWV as influences who left an indelible mark on her music sensibilities as a teenager.
Nite Jewel is currently collaborating with DaM-FunK, among others, and working on her second album set for release in the winter of 2012.
Telepathe have been hard at work writing and completing their second album entitled "Destroyer." They wrote and arranged the album in Los Angeles, California.
They co-produced the album with Lewis Pesacov, "Fool's Gold," and then flew to England to mix with legendary music producer and engineer, Ken Thomas and his son Jolyon Thomas.
Equal parts sound art and pop music, Solar Year emerged from the same creative community as Grimes, D'Eon and Tonstartssbandht--somewhere among gallery installations and late night loft parties. They use electronics and live resampling, creating otherworldly soundscapes-- hazy atmospheres that float between Nordic electro-pop, serene New Age reverie, and the liturgy of medieval monks.
Solar Year' s first EP Brotherhood was released last year on Arbutus Records in North America, and Morse Records in Europe. Recent performances have included an underwater sound installation co-presented by Pop Montreal, CKUT FM and the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival, the Pop Montreal International Music Festival and CMJ Music Marathon.