Good Evening (Human Ear)
Had it been released in the 80s, Good Evening might’ve made Ramona Gonzalez (aka Nite Jewel) an international star or at least earned her a spot on the Romancing The Stone soundtrack. Today, her Billy Ocean-era drum sounds, mumblecore vocal delivery and hazy mid-tempo keyboarding will likely be deemed ridiculous strictly-for-hipsters fare.
But a few spins of the Californian’s barely 30-minute album persuade the listener that her oversized plastic glasses are but a facade. She’s absurd, yes, but she also has an incredible melodic sense and can unpredictably weave trancey backdrops to brilliant effect.
Top track: Weak For Me