New Release Incredibly Impressive Mix of Genres
Grammy award-winning Kimbra, 24, is “no flash in the pan”, says Slate blogger Sharan Shetty. The Hamilton-born singer is currently working on the follow-up to her 2011 album, Vows, and the first single “90s Music” from the as yet untitled album is according to Shetty, “an impressive medley of musical styles.”
“It’s tough to peg Kimbra’s influences here,” she writes, “because the song has a bit of everything: there’s a Sleigh Bells-like electronic vocal, plenty of found-material sampling, and a rousing chorus that somehow combines 8-bit, chiptune glitches with a bubblegum pop melody and heavy guitar chords.
“It’s a constantly surprising track, and its ambition more than compensates for the jarring, random shifts in sound and style.”
In 2013, Kimbra and Australian singer-songwriter Gotye won the Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance awards at the Grammy Awards for “Somebody That I Used to Know”.
Original article by Sharan Shetty, Slate magazine, May 6, 2014.