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Kimbra - Single Review: Everybody Knows

10 Oct 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
When I hear Kimbra, I still hear Somebody That I Used To Know, a song which Gotye made a killing on in 2012 and shot our lovely kiwi Kimbra from Hamilton into the musical stratosphere. I still hear it because I played it over and over again until I drove myself mad or my cats bonkers, one of the two. Anyway it is now 2017 and that song is buried deep in a music folder on my PC or burnt onto a blank disc somewhere and a new dawn has emerged in the form of a third album to be released in 2018 called Primal Heartand an alt-pop single which is just fresh off the press called Everybody Knows, Kimbra it seems has revamped her sound with this plucky yet strangely dark track, which has a similar but different title to the afore mentioned megahit
 

Kimbra can be quoted as saying the song opens “the doorway to the theme from this new album” which may be a hint of the bold, deep and personal musical offerings which we are waiting to hear. One more word in anticipation of Kimbra’s new album and that word is Skrillex. That is all.

Everybody Knows definitely gives you a taste of her no nonsense candid approach to life these days, it has got me rather intrigued and excited for the release of her new album “I think that there’s a little less bullshit and more wanting to just speak to things with a little more reality”. Personally, I appreciate music and lyrics with a little more reality, so you won me over.

Classified as a pop artist, Kimbra says she “feels sad when pop becomes a format of the same tiring formulas”. This isn’t that.

This is 80’s infused synth/pop with a smooth and catchy beat; it is a track with a story to tell and is done so with no nonsense lyrics. The video which accompanies is creative and symbolic, with a depth of feeling.

The response to Everybody Knows on social media has been hugely positive; It seems our Kimbra has quite a following, her music has evolved and now displays a maturity where emotion and honesty simply shine through.

“I was young and gullible but baby I grew.  Now the whole worlds watching you…”

Review written by Corinne Rutherford

 

About Kimbra

Passionate about mixing an array of genres and sounds into one with a soulful voice and twist to the average singer/songwriter. With anthem-like songs advised and emphasised with quirky jazz chords, Kimbra's music steps outside the square of the four chord cliché but still mantains strong hooks and catchy melodies that are sometimes unpredictable but satisfying. With such ecclectic influences vocally and musically, Kimbras' music adopts a fresh unique taste to acoustic music.

Having already received two NZ On Air grants and Second place in the Smokefree Rockquest 2004 along with Best Vocals and Womens Musicianship, music got its A into G from there. After 3 consecutive years in Rockquest (two of which were at the National Finals and gaining over $7000 in total from the generous competition) Kimbra created a slick live performance which was priceless along with many lifelong friendships. Grateful to Rockquest, live performance has been Kimbra's aid and footstep into success with music. The competition trained her to perform with the state of mind like that of a band and attempt to provide rhythm, melody and the dynamics of a full band that separates her performance from other solo artists.

Kimbras' first single was recorded at the infamous York St Studios with Welsh producer Greg Haver (who has worked with artists/ bands all over the world, including Manic Street Preachers, Lost Prophets, Carly Binding, 48May, Falter and The Checks). Deep For You was then funded for a Video which gained play on nationwide radio and C4.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Kimbra

Releases

Primal Heart
Year: 2018
Type: Album
The Golden Echo
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Vows
Year: 2011
Type: Album

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