This pint-sized Kiwi-born Melbournite has a voice that exceeds your expectations. At only 21-years-old, Kimbra’s vocals are what you’d expect to hear from someone twice her age.
With props to performances at St Kilda Festival and Triple J’s Hottest 100 party 2011, Kimbra has garnered a strong following both nationally and internationally. Her recent collaboration with Gotye on Somebody That I Used to Know and multiple potential award nominations and wins, Kimbra’s profile has been boosted despite Vows being her first LP release.
In just a couple of months, Vows, the chanteuse’s debut release, filled with soulful, cabaret style, love songs has reached gold status in Australia.
Kimbra’s musical beginnings were ignited at the age of 10 when she started to compose songs. At 12, she acquired a guitar. At 14, she was runner-up in NZ annual school-aged competition Rockquest, and at 17, she moved to Melbourne alone to kick-start her professional career.
The album kicks off strong with pop track Settle Down, a melodic upbeat song about marriage and having kids, with it’s clapping rhythm and harmonious echoing female backing. The upbeat, pop track, Cameo Lover gets you singing along to its funky beat.
Mid-album track, Call Me, sees Kimbra’s voice morph into that of Macy Gray; the aptly named closing track, The Build Up, concludes the album with an instrumental intro leading into a sombre, slow, emotion-filled lull.
Influenced by the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson and Bjork, Kimbra’s dress sense is as quirky as her voice, and the artists themselves.
Live, Kimbra is mesmerizing to watch.
– Photograph taken by Lillian Altman