Name this musician: They have performed on What Now, came second place at the smoke-free Rockquest at age 14 and sung the national anthem at the NPC rugby final between Waikato and dorkland at age 12. Talk about NZ music credentials! Oh and the giveaway clue – she was the funky chick with the sweet voice on Gotye’s epically successful track ‘Somebody that I used to know’. Who else could it be but the kiwi born, Melbourne made songstress, Kimbra. Now that the Gotye track has been played 5 squillion times on the radio let’s check out her debut album Vows released in August 2011.
This album shows so much talent it is almost sickening. Kimbra’s vocal versatility is highlighted brilliantly on every track. Whether belting out a multi-layered chorus line on ‘Cameo Lover’ or singing hauntingly acapella as she does to kick off the cover of Nina Simone’s ‘Plain Gold Ring’, her voice has an edge to it that exudes both style and tension. And speaking of style, check out the below clip for the single ‘Good Intent’.
Isn’t there something about that old school 1930’s style that is just downright sexy? Phew gotta love those pimp suits, pocket watches and pout red lips. It is potentially my favourite track although it is a tough call between that and ‘Wandering Limbs’ featuring up and coming keys player Sam Lawrence. Again, see this mint live video filmed in an alley in Fitzroy, the greatest suburb of Melbourne. Fact.
Given that I am way behind the times, the point of this blog is to ensure that you keep an eye on this woman. I first read about her on a friends blog posted in August last year. You picked that one like a dirty nose didn’t ya?!
The awards and recognition have started to flow (did they ever even stop since the What Now days I wonder?) and no doubt there are bucket loads more to come. With her voice, style and the attitude, Kimbra is set for big things. Big, awesome things. Sit back and enjoy.