Kimbra stopped by Late Show with David Letterman last night (November 5) to perform her latest single, “90′s Music.” The New Zealand starlet donned an awesome gold tinsel coat and silver-foiled tutu dress (think Lady Gaga‘s Fame era), as she sung the crazed and blippy tune.
A Youtube commenter stated that Kimbra is “all about calculated chaos,” which perfectly sums up her musical character. Her quirky style is obviously different from all of the other pop stars du jour, but that is what makes her stand out. “90′s Music” is off Kimbra’s sophomore album The Golden Echo — released on August 19. It features songs like “Love In High Places” and “Nobody But You.”
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 »
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 »
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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »