"You Can’t Kill Light
by Monica Pasqual. Planet Dog Records.
Known for two decades as a member of Blame Sally, Bay Area folk-pop singer-songwriter Monica Pasqual eclipses much of her previous recorded work with this, her sixth solo album. She jump-started the creative process by issuing a single and video of “You Cant Kill Light” on the morning of the 2017 presidential inauguration. In subsequent weekly sessions with co-producer and multi-instrumentalist BZ Lewis, she added ten more songs that speak from both painful experience and optimistic resistance. The now driving, now dreamy folk-rock and electro-pop settings are conjured from Pasqual’s piano, keyboards, and percussion, Lewis’s guitars, bass, drum programming, and percussion, and, on three tracks, Joshua McClain’s cello, plus a reading by Rosario Sammartino. In lyrical acuteness, Pasqual has outdone herself, and without any histrionics her lovely voice gives the words melodic grace and gravitas. A worthy heir of Laura Nyro, Tim Buckley, and Suzanne Vega, Pasqual creates her own context in a 21st century moment.
—DERK RICHARDSON, Oakland Magazine
I'm super honored to have won three awards at this year's Independent Music Awards for songs from my upcoming album. Best Eclectic Song and Fan Favorite: Sun In My Eye. Fan Favorite Americana Song: Feels Like Something.
Photo of my co-producer BZ Lewis and myself accepting the award at Symphony Space in NYC.
"Pasqual is very special artist, exploring love, loss and life in profoundly moving ways. To know her music is to love it. Far more people should get to know it." Paul Freeman, Pop Culture Classics
"Pasqual's band has delivered a truly stirring record with spartan and etheral instrumentation and beautiful harmony vocals between her and Delgado. Deeply personal and effectively emotive, "Is Fortune a Wheel" is a gorgeous meditation on love's complications". Glen Starkey, New Times San Luis Obispo
"Like Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones, San Francisco's own Monica Pasqual proves that strong songwriting and stirring singing will take command of just about any stylistic setting.", Derk Richardson, SF Bay Guardian