Nite Jewel has announced her first album in four years: it’s called No Sun and will come out on August 27. The new record draws on the pain of the dissolution of her 12-year marriage and upon her work for her PhD in Musicology, resulting in a modernised version of the Greek traditional lament.
The first song to be shared from the record is the stark “This Time”, which – as is usual in a lament – focuses on Nite Jewel’s stunning and vulnerable voice, which begins “there’s so many ways to fight.” From there we gradually witness the growth of her strength through her voice, words, and production, which bubbles up behind in a subtle crescendo. Reflecting on the painful ups and downs of an intimate relationship, she defiantly sings back, using her pain to help push her into a more positive future. After a spare few minutes, a splashy click pushes “This Time” forward, before it crackles with the blinding brightness of a treated guitar – an aural symbol of Nite Jewel moving on to a better place.