I don’t know about the rest of you but my holidays were jam-packed.
Got nowhere near seeing every person I had hoped to…
Nevertheless, here we are entering the new year and I have yet to wrap up my latest installement for the #GuelphMusicClub.
So, let’s get on with it then!
* * * * *
Those of you who are were most likely introduced to her as the featured artist on Gotye‘s (@gotye) Record of the Year (2013), “Somebody that I Used to Know“, otherwise known as one of the most irritating songs of all time.
But don’t expect more of the same when it comes to her own material.
The Kiwi has shown a knack for the experimental since the beginnings of her career, pumping out genre-bending compositions that make her a tough artist to pigeonhole.
Dipping her feet into everything from jazz to indie-rock to disco and just about everything in between, her chameleon-like abilities tend to result in projects that avoid establishing any one particular “comfort zone”.
And yet, when it comes to her latest record, the Golden Echo, what else can you refer to it as except for a fucking fantastic pop record?
When you take a look at its all-star cast of songwriting / feature collaborators, Kimbra‘s eclecticism becomes immediately clear and apparent.
The likes of Daniel Johns of Silverchair (@Silverchair) fame, Matt Bellamy of Muse (@muse), Mark Foster of Foster the People (@fosterthepeople), Thundercat (@Thundercat), Bilal (@Bilal), and John Legend (@johnlegend) all receive credit for their contributions.
If you get into the deluxe version, the diversity expands even more so with Jonas Bjerre (@jonas_bjerre) (!) of Mew (@mew), Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (@ORLProductions) of the Mars Volta (@themarsvolta), and Ben Weinman (@dillingerescpln) of the Dillinger Escape Plan all showing up by name in the liner notes.
Not to be overlooked, the production quality on this project is bar none.
Overseen by the famed Rich Costey (@RichCostey), the album also contains the fingerprints of top names such as Fraser T Smith (@FraserTSmith), Dave Tozer (@DaveTozer), Matt Morris (@MattMorris), John Hill, and Keefus Ciancia.
She displays an ear-to-the-ground credibility by enlisting Mystery Skulls (@MysterySkulls) as well as (in my opinion) one of the most overlooked producers in rap, M-Phazes (@Mphazes), to handle a portion of the board work.
In spite of the impressive roster, it is Kimbra and her boundless vocal range that shines and subsequently dominates your attention here.
Whether she’s being fun and upbeat or soft and sultry, the huge and often dreamy melodies captivate while you travel through her tumultuous pop journey.
It should also be noted that she herself is credited as a co-writer and co-producer on every track which is doubly impressive considering she is rubbing elbows with a who’s-who of the industry.
A truly unique talent, Kimbra turned me into a big fan of hers in 2014 and I can’t wait to she where will be going next.
My no. 2 song of 2014 is “Miracle“.
Awesome video, too.
I’m rising up. Sometimes, I want to get away. And from the moment I met you, I’m ready to fade. I ran into a brighter day.
– Kimbra, “Miracle”