Kimbra's musical style harbours “smoky soul, flights of dazzling invention and jazzy pop” and you could compare her to a ‘cleaner’ Amy Winehouse. Her songs are heavily thematic and laced with “quirky” jazz chords. Kimbra’s music pertains beyond the “four chord cliché” but still maintains strong hooks and catchy melodies that are sometimes unpredictable but satisfying.
Born in New Zealand, she remained there for the majority of her childhood. Her upbringing was not particularly influenced by music, but at the age of 10 she began writing songs. Her first single “Settle Down” was released last year with the music video directed by Guy Franklin. The video is strangly cool, and maybe a little creepy.
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton featured the track on his set citing “if you like Nina Simone, Florence & The Machine and Bjork, then you’ll enjoy Kimbra – her music reminds us of all those fierce ladies!”
She first caught my attention when doing the intriguing single “Somebody That I Used to Know” with Aussie/Belgian artist Gotye. The single was a commercial success charting nationally and internationally. The song peaked at number 1 in Aus, New Zealand, Belgium and the Netherlands.
My favourite: Cameo Lover: