Kimbra – ‘Settle Down’ (mp3)
We’ve given a lot of love to Washington over the past couple of years, and while we don’t bemoan her success at all I think even her most ardent pre-2010 fans have to admit that Australia is approaching Washington saturation point. I still haven’t figured out what this means for other female ‘indie’ pop singers. Some peeps people will probably be exhausted by librarian-chic, female-led, JJJ-ready tunes, while others are probably still at the point where they’re ready to lap up anything with a female larynx wrapped around it (get yr mind out of the gutter).
I’ve probably already done Kimbra a disservice by conflating her with M-Wash. I was mostly trying to pre-empt a comparison between the two than trying to cement one myself. Both are young, Australian, female pop solo artists, but these are just superficial similarities. Stylistically, they’re quite distinct. Kimbra’s ‘Settle Down’ is a song that is more playful and electronic in its arrangement than anything on ‘I Believe You, Liar,’ and her work on Miami Horror standout ‘I Look To You’ is further proof of her versatility and electro potential.
Enter Penguin Prison, here to lend a hand with catapulting Kimbra onto the dancefloor. I foresee good things for Kimbra – starting with her name on the final announcement for this year’s Meredith festival. Those lucky enough to be going must let me know how she holds up in the ampitheatre.