She’s barely had time to catch her breath.
Since shooting to superstardom by riding shotgun in a song that now has one of the most watched music videos of all time, Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”, New Zealand born, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Kimbra has been keeping herself busy: collecting awards by the fistful, pushing buttons and boundaries with At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, participating in three-way collaborations with Mark Foster and A-Trak for Converse, performing live with Silverchair’s Daniel Johns and American composer Van Dyke Parks and most recently co-headlining an aborted Australian tour with Janelle Monae.
Now she’s readying the release of her sophomore studio album, The Golden Echo, its bouncy first single “90s Music”, and the track’s effusive new film clip which we now have the honour of premiering above.
The singer’s ebullient throwback to one of the worst sartorial decades of all time (feat. previous collaborator Mark Foster as well as shred-prone Muse frontman Matt Bellamy on guitar) is a tone perfect tour through the decade that style forgot which fashions its mantra-like chorus by namechecking MJ, Mariah Carey, Nirvana, Aaliyah, R Kelly, Mary J. Blige and TLC.
“It talks about sharing music as a kid and falling in love to a soundtrack of TLC, Mariah, Nirvana, and Michael Jackson, then slowly growing up and away from that period of time,” Kimbra explains. “There is an undertone of yearning for a return to that place, but it’s also about an acceptance of time passing and that although things have changed, the music and the memories live on. Nostalgia is a common theme for me. I have a strong connection to my teenage years so I wanted to capture that boisterous playful energy with this song.”
The Golden Echo is due for release in August.