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Nite Jewel's Ramona Gonzalez: "You Can Create Your Own Era"

Ramona Gonzalez is simply a musical paradox. Operating under the moniker Nite Jewel, the Echo Park-based musician weaves synth-driven pop that's as much a product of the Casiotone era as it is '90s R&B.

Where one might expect instrumentation to be lo-fi, Gonzalez shines such production to a polish, layering seasoned and restrained vocal lines over minimalist tracks. It's hard to paint her work into a corner, but that's kind of the point -- where you expect her to go left, she goes right -- and the results are exceptional, from fan response to critical acclaim.

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K.C. Libman
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