You Can't Kill Light
Everywhere I Go I Bring My Ghost
The Little Rock
"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
FOUR INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS FOR "You Can't Kill Light"!
-Best Eclectic Song: Sun In My Eye.
-Fan Favorite Eclectic Song: Sun in My Eye
-Fan Favorite Americana Song: Feels Like Something
-Best Adult Contemporary Album
Photo of my co-producer BZ Lewis and myself accepting the award at Symphony Space in NYC.
“"You Can't Kill Light" is the latest, lustrous folk-pop album from Monica Pasqual. And light and love pour forth from this remarkably gifted Bay Area singer-songwriter. But she also exudes a palpable ache and a righteous anger. You might know Pasqual from her wonderful work as a member of the band Blame Sally. But her solo music also deserves widespread attention and admiration. She has won numerous Independent Music Awards and her songs have been heard on network TV shows.....Throughout, Pasqual offers lovely, expressive vocals; gorgeous melodies; perfect arrangements and instrumentation; and eloquently crafted, perceptive lyrics. Her exquisite music will transport you. Warm yourself in her light." -Pop Culture Classics
“You Can’t Kill the Light...is another collection that goes deep into the emotional states of longing and loss, while maintaining a hopeful outlook....Subtle keyboard textures and overlapping vocal harmonies fill the music with a reserved passion, displaying Pasqual’s poetic lyrics and her gift for balancing hope and apprehension.”
- J. Poet, Oakland Monthly
“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...The driving, dreamy folk-rock and electro-pop settings are conjured from Pasqual’s piano, keyboards, and percussion, Lewis’ 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.
-Derk Richardson, KPFA Berkeley
"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