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Kimbra announces release date for new album

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UPDATE:  New information in bold from the label!

By Alan Ho

On the heels of her debut of new single and video “90s Music,” Kimbra announced today (June 10) that she will release her sophomore effort The Golden Echo on August 19 via Warner Bros. Records.   Pre-orders for the album have already commenced and those who do will get their hands on three instant downloads, “Love In High Places,” the aforementioned “90s Music,” and “Nothing But You.”

The album is described as an “ultimate modern pop record”, “ambitious, sophisticated, and complex, just like its creator.”

“Sonically, the album is a riot of genres: ’70s disco (“Miracle”), Prince-like funk (“Madhouse”), playful, sing-songy electro-pop (“90s Music”), eerie space-age hip-hop (“Goldmine”), plus an emotionally resonant piano ballad, “As You Are,” with a string arrangement by Van Dyke Parks. Her lo-fi bedroom aesthetic is filled out by the playing of the musicians, who include drummer John JR Robinson, (Michael Jackson’s main studio drummer, who played on five of the tracks), as well as several special guests: Muse’s Matt Bellamy (“90s Music”), bassist Thundercat, rapper Flying Lotus, Dirty Projector’s Dave Longstreth, Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (“Carolina”), R&B singer Bilal (“Be Everlovin’ Ya”), and mega-star John Legend (“Nobody But You”).

Kimbra worked on songs with Dave Longstreth and Flying Lotus during the making of The Golden Echo that will be released later in the year, though these do not appear on the album.  However, bonus tracks on the deluxe edition include appearances from Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, and Jonas Bjerre of Danish band Mew.”

The Golden Echo as said previously is Kimbra’s second album (this time co-produced between herself and Rich Costey), a follow-up to the 2011 breakout debut Vows.  The New Zealander first exploded though on the scene with “Somebody I Used to Know,” a duet with Gotye that earned a pair of Grammys the following year.

The Standard and Deluxe track-listings are as follows:

Standard Edition

Teen Heat

90s Music

Carolina

Goldmine

Miracle

Rescue Him

Madhouse

Everlovin’ Ya feat. Bilal

As You Are

Love In High Places

Nobody But You

Waltz Me To Grave

Deluxe Edition

Teen Heat

90s Music

Carolina

Goldmine

Miracle

Rescue Him

Madhouse

Everlovin’ Ya feat. Bilal

As You Are

Love In High Places

Nobody But You

Waltz Me To Grave

Slum Love (Bonus Track)

Sugar Lies (Bonus Track)

The Magic Hour (Bonus Track)


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