It’s been quite the wait since 2012's One Second of Love, but Nite Jewel, aka Ramona Gonzalez, has finally returned. The second taste from the upcoming LP Liquid Cool (we were a bit late to cover “Boo Hoo” and its charming Janet Jackson vibes), “Kiss the Screen” replicates the smartphone’s glow through synth pulses and comes away both restless and giddy, the way anyone would feel after getting 127 weeks deep into someone’s Instagram. If Soulja Boy's "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" offered unbridled and heartfelt devotion to his future wifey, not to mention a gratitude to the technology that connected him, Nite Jewel reflects an inverse situation: online crushes that will only ever exist as a “handheld fantasy.” In the chorus Nite Jewel vocally adorns her own charged delivery, sprinkling a “kiss, kiss” in a whispered manner, like a double tap. This is Nite Jewel in top form, fully making use of pop’s gifts to dissimulate longing.
Liquid Cool arrives June 10 via her own Gloriette label.