Kimbra Gives Us A Little '90s Music

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

As an architect of the eclectic, Kimbra is not one to play safe in the creation of music, and once again the New Zealander takes five fingers to the face and slaps us with the experimental kaleidoscope of her latest single, "90's Music". Featuring Muse's Matt Bellamy cranking on some grunged-out bass, Kimbra spirals into a static swirl of tumbling synths and jumbles of samples, with vocals that slingshot from one tempo to the next across the prog-rock meets crunch R&B-pop landscape. It's a little Santigold-y and far from being '90s music (sans the shout-outs to Mary J. Blige and TLC), but that's sort of the point, isn't it? It's pure Kimbra, and while it's not as accessible as the greatness heard on her breakout 2012 debut, Vows, it's in no way dull.

"90's Music" is manly the launching pad towards Kimbra's upcoming follow-up to Vows, and my goodness she's got a hell of a supporting cast on board with names such as Thundercat, Bilal, Silverchair's Daniel Johns, Dirty Projectors, Mark Foster, John Legend, and The Mars Volta being dropped.

And so Kimbra's quest of pop quirkdom journeys onward....

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