Posts tagged "Kimbra"

Kimbra Commissioned Artwork For Each Track On Her Album ‘The Golden Echo’: See The Images & Read Her Explanations Of Each One

In August, Grammy winner Kimbra released her sophomore LP The Golden Echo (see our review of the album here, and purchase on iTunes here). Expanding her project beyond just music, the New Zealand singer commissioned a series of artists to create artwork inspired by each song on her new album. The pieces were first shown at small event in Los Angeles recently, and now Idolator is premiering the work online.

Flip through the gallery of all of the artwork above, along with a corresponding track-by-track, art-piece-by-art-piece commentary from Kimbra herself. More »

Ibrawlator: What Was The Best Album Of August?

Best Of August!
Each month, we’re taking a look back at the albums that piqued our pop interest, pitting them against each other and then asking you to decide which album ultimately ruled.

It’s that time again: The “Best Of” Ibrawlator for August! Last month, La Roux quietly snuck in and snatched the crown for July with her under-the-radar tropical disco gem, Trouble In Paradise.

And now, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on the best pop records of August.

The nominees for August? Pop darling Ariana Grande‘s feature-filled My Everything, Wiz Khalifa‘s #1 charting Blacc Hollywood, Kimbra‘s ambitious The Golden Echo, Imogen Heap‘s Sparks and Basement Jaxx‘s grand return with Junto.

Now we want to know: Which one takes the crown for August’s best album? It’s time for you to decide. More »

Kimbra’s ‘The Golden Echo’: Album Review

There is not a single person on this good Earth who didn’t, at least once, attempt to sing Kimbra’s last note on Gotye’s 2011 hit, “Somebody That I Used To Know.” You tried, you failed, and the reason why is because you’re not Kimbra.

With the release of her second album, The Golden Echo (out today, ), we can all come to terms with the fact that no one is Kimbra. (Except for her, of course.) The singer melds every genre you’ve ever loved from childhood onward, providing a cohesive party that places the New Zealand siren at center stage. More »

Kimbra Debuts “Love In High Places” & “Nobody But You”: Listen

Kimbra has announced her next album, The Golden Echo, in a big way. An hour after she revealed the cover art and tracklist, fans who pre-ordered the album received three songs in total. One is the previously released  “’90s Music,” a distorted and demented pop gem that name-checks Nirvana, Aaliyah and Mariah Carey. But the other songs, the previously unheard “Love In High Places” and “Nobody But You,” reveal that she’s been listening to way more ’90s music than that.

In “Love in High Places,” Kimbra’s languorous vocals immediately recall that of Erykah Badu; they coast above ramshackle instrumentation – hand claps, darting synths and spastic guitars – that threatens to fall apart but, miraculously, doesn’t. Meanwhile, “Nobody But You” inspires Kimbra to coo as if part of a Motown line-up, although fat synths, a bloated bass and a marching breakdown hints that she’s been listening to Jamiroquai too. In both, Kimbra sounds as if she’s rediscovered the already-ambitious neo-soul, then gleefully tinkered with its elements until she found combinations that she could call her own.

And if those songs are any indication, then Kimbra’s The Golden Echo could be one of 2014′s biggest releases. Listen to “Love in High Places” and “Nobody But You” after the jump. More »

Kimbra’s ‘The Golden Echo’: See The Cover Art, Release Date & Tracklist

Grammy-winning “Somebody That I Used To Know” singer Kimbra recently returned with her altogether quirky new single “90s Music” — not to mention a cool and breezy M-Phazes remix of the song, which we premiered — and now she’s unveiling details about her sophomore album, The Golden Echo. The New Zealander’s 12-track sophomore LP has an August 19 release date. According to a press release, Kimbra “wrote the songs in her bedroom studio on a farm in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, where she was surrounded by sheep and lambs owned by her landlady.” How earthy!

Rich Costey (Birdy, Interpol, Muse) co-produced the album along with Kimbra, and shhe  wrote several of the tracks with Silverchair‘s Daniel Johns. Also listed among the collaborators: John Legend, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy and Michael Shuman of Queens Of The Stone Age.

Head below to catch the full tracklist for Kimbra’s Vows follow-up, The Golden Echo. More »

Kimbra Premieres Her Video For “90s Music”: Watch

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With the release of New Zealand songstress Kimbra’s latest synthy jam “90s Music,” naturally, we’ve all been anxiously waiting for the song’s video to finally come out. Well, here it is, and Kimbra does not disappoint.

A kaleidoscope of different images seemingly thrown randomly together, the video takes us on a trippy journey through Kimbra’s idealist and dreamy perception of the 90s’. From Kimbra dancing in front of a white-picket fence with Minnie Mouse-styled hair to her lounging on a green Fiat in a purple fur coat amongst the clouds, this slightly bizarre, yet endearing, video is an attention-grabber that fits perfectly with the new song. More »

Kimbra’s “90s Music (M-Phazes Remix)”: Idolator Premiere

Step Back In Time
Earlier this month, Kimbra took a further sonic step away from her debut LP Vows and, especially, her Grammy-winning duet with Gotye, “Somebody That I Used To Know,” with the release of offbeat new track “90s Music.” (Available now at digital retailers like iTunes.) The song itself doesn’t sound much like any actual ’90s music we grew up with, musically. But lyrically the experimental synth jam paints a cute picture of a time the New Zealand singer clearly idealizes.

Now Australian producer M-Phazes (who twiddled the knobs on Eminem‘s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 cut “Bad Guy”) has given “90s Music” an overhaul. His mix kicks off with finger snaps and eventually works itself into trappy handclaps before finally spinning itself into a full-on dance groove.

You may recall that the Gold Coast producer first remixed Kimbra’s 2012 single “Settle Down.” Today we’re premiering his take on “90s Music,” which you can get nostalgic with below. More »

Janelle Monae Performs “Electric Lady” On ‘The Maya Rudolph Show’ Amid Tour Cancellation: Watch

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An Electrifying Performance
Janelle Monae helped comedian Maya Rudolph debut her anticipated variety show by performing “Electric Lady,” off her 2013 album of (almost) the same name. While initial reviews for The Maya Rudolph Show have been mixed, its studio audience showed how tough it can be to resist Monae’s bonafide energy and charms. Just as on The Arsenio Hall Show months prior, Monae was backed by a full band but could have easily captivated the crowd all by herself.

It’s a shame, then, that a mystery illness has slowed Monae down. More »

Kimbra Returns With Experimental Single “90s Music”: Listen To The Demented Delight

New Zealand’s original alt-pop princess Kimbra is back with the first taste of her sophomore set. And “90s Music” couldn’t be any further removed from the stripped-back earnestness of Gotye duet “Somebody That I Used To Know” — the Grammy-winning missive that propelled the then 21-year-old to worldwide fame.

Of course, that inescapable break-up anthem wasn’t particularly reflective of Kimbra’s debut either. Vows was a curious melting pot of pop, jazz and indie influences but “90s Music” is even more twisted. Produced by Rich Costey, the intricately-layered sonic adventure sounds like a cross between The Flaming Lips and quirky Swedish diva Elliphant — only with a divinely measured vocal and a unexpectedly addictive chorus. Listen after the jump. More »

The White House Responds To Justin Bieber’s Deportation Petition: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: The White House has finally responded to a petition to deport Justin Bieber which attracted 273,968 signatures. In short, they refused to comment to the pop star’s case but waxed lyrical about the need for immigration reform. [E! Online]

:: Robin Thicke has a lot to celebrate. He’s rich, handsome and now has the highest selling download in UK history with iTunes-conquering “Blurred Lines”. It has sold 1.54 million copies to date. [ABC]

:: It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from “Somebody That I Used To Know” songstress Kimbra. Her soon-to-be-released second album features Muse frontman Matt Bellamy on guitar as well as cameos from John Legend and Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns. [NME]

:: Chance The Rapper cancelled his appearance at Coachella on Sunday (April 20) due to a mystery illness. However, his team assures us that he is expected to make a full recovery. Get well soon. [Rap-Up]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »