Vow To Get Into Kimbra When She Hits US Shores This Summer

Since hearing the likes of “Settle Down” and “Cameo Lover” I have been quite enamoured with New Zealand’s latest export, Kimbra. The name may sound familiar to you as she is Gotye‘s duet partner-in-crime on the current hit, “Somebody I Used To Know,” but she’s more than just a sidekick. Following in the same vein as other quirky out-of-the-box dames like Paloma Faith and VV Brown, Kimbra can be best described as if you put Amy Winehouse and Björk in a cocktail shaker and just did the Hokey Pokey and turned yourself about. She’s that vibrant.

Yet when you hear her debut album, Vows, you’ll hear a gumbo collection of genres from soul, pop, electronica, and jazz that is all Kimbra, and it’s a real feast if you like albums of an eclectic flavor. Vows was one of my choice albums from last year, and I was expecting her to make a splash over here in the US of A with the quickness. Wonder I don’t have to anymore as Kimbra is releasing Vows in the States this spring (May 22nd to be exact) but with seven additional tracks produced by the likes of Mike Elizondo and Greg Kurstin. Nice. From what I’ve heard, Kimbra is also a performer to catch on tour, and in luck we are as she’s joining Gotye at the upcoming SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas as well as opening for Foster the People when they kick off their first tour of the US. If you haven’t gotten Kimbra on your radar, take a peek below to view her in live action doing two of my favorites, “Cameo Lover” and the Nina Simone cover of “Plain Gold Ring.”

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