Los Angeles has had its fair share of notable bands in the past – The Beach Boys, The Go-Gos, Guns n’ Roses, and, ahem, Far East Movement – but it has been quite some time since a band like Nite Jewel has surfaced. With sounds that are a blend of too many elements to be accurately compared to anything else, Nite Jewel has been rising through the ranks of L.A.’s music scene for over two years now. The band, helmed by Ramona Gonzalez on lead vocals, has shown all signs of garnering increased recognition, as evidenced by their song, “Suburbia,” being featured on the soundtrack for the Noah Baumbach film Greenberg.

On Nite Jewel's debut album, Good Evening (released on Human Ear in 2009), the sound is distinctly 80s--but simply compartmentalizing it into a decade does not do it justice. Commencing with "Bottom Rung," Nite Jewel establishes the ethereal tone that is present for the duration of the album. Even more uptempo tracks, like "What Did He Say," "Artificial Intelligence," and "Chimera," have an air of the celestial.

In the wake of Good Evening, Nite Jewel also released a single for what is categorically their best song, "Want You Back." The backing beat is by far their most infectious and lavishly produced, though the video is somewhat on the dull side. The single also features a "B side" (I'm using that as a metaphor since records are so unloved) called "All Out of Order," in both English and Spanish (don't ever say Nite Jewel doesn't know her audience, being L.A.-based and all).

With a full-length album under their belt, as well as a recently released EP called Am I Real?, Nite Jewel continues to break new ground. And because Nite Jewel often pays homage to lesser appreciated music genres, like Italodisco, and bands, like Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (a former member of which is now a part of Gonzalez’s fold--her husband Cole M. Greif-Neill), it’s safe to say that they’ll continue to have a solid backing from Los Angeles and beyond.