Kimbra is a fun, old style version of Florence Welch, with a classical voice and a few witty lyrics. You most likely have heard her featured as the vocal support on Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” but she is not just a collaborative artist. Originally from New Zealand, Kimbra is an articulate beauty with a history in music that goes back to her first guitar at 12 and a record deal at 17.
I am not going to lie; not every song on her album, Vow, is perfection. However, there are a number of potential hits that are worth your attention. Her sound is an uncommon combination of both mellow-classical and jazz-pop that wraps itself in a capella sounds that mimic that of instruments. This eclectic combination of indifferent melodies has the ability to express emotion in a way that other artists have never done before.
Her tone is that of acceptance; a breezy ballad that does not pretend to ignore the gravity of her subject matter, while still tap dancing around the bigger issue. If you are looking for an artist to play in the background of a late night red wine gathering, she should definitely be hidden in the shuffle.
“Settle Down,” her most popular song, is the product of a four-year revision that started in a schoolyard notebook and eventually made its way to the studio. The record is a defamation of the American Dream that attempts to shed light on societal pressures that impair the youth of today.
The music video follows the journey of an ordinary girl as she creates a life for herself that is both flawless and manufactured. The reverse to this is her husband, a manicured re-creation of perfection that cheats on her and leaves her waiting at an empty dinner table. While Kimbra says the lyrics “mean something different everyday” the essential goal is to alleviate the stress that forces modern women into assumed gender roles. The song was a major success in both New Zealand and Australia. Her charm has yet to infect the North American public.
If you’re trying to track down this starlet, she is currently on a scattered tour around select worldwide locations. Now signed with Warner Bros. Records, Kimbra is carving her way into a more mainstream fan base, and you can expect to see her shaking those ringlets on the Billboard Charts soon.
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