You Can't Kill Light
Release Date- October 19, 2019
You Can't Kill Light, Monica Pasqual
"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