Boomkat Product Review:
Nite Jewel, it’s been way too long! The L.A.-based starlet returns with the mercurial Liquid Cool on her Gloriette label, making up for years of absence since her One Second of Love LP in 2012 and a handful of remixes over the interim.
Her 3rd album explores very contemporary feelings of loneliness in a crowd thru a canny strategy of elusively mixed vox and shy, minor key melodies and emotional forcefield harmonies placing her languorous hooks teasingly outta reach, outta time and place.
Rather than early ‘80s inspirations, Liquid Cool feels more inspired by cusp-of-the-‘80s/‘90s R&B, disco and synth/techno-pop, hitting our nostalgic nerve with achingly satisfying form.
You may have heard the LP’s standout, advance single, Boo Hoo, sounding like Janet Jackson-meets-KMS on a dark, humid night, and the rest is of a similar seductive quality; from the Reese gilded R&B glyde of Nothing but Scenery to the haunting chamber bops of You Now and Over The Weekend, with some of the best saved til later in I Mean It’s faded blend of power drums, Scando-pop harmonies and trap tics.
Consider it your summer ’16 romance.