Kimbra Returns with Experimental Album ‘A Reckoning’: Kimbra shot to fame in 2011 with her feature on Gotye’s smash hit “Somebody That I Used to Know,” which won two Grammys and has amassed over 2 billion views on YouTube. While that song opened doors for her, Kimbra has spent the past decade forging her own path, releasing three solo albums under Warner Records before taking a five-year break from recording. In January 2023, the 32-year-old singer-songwriter returned with A Reckoning, her first independent release and most experimental album yet.
The Solitary Approach to Writing and Recording
In a recent interview with Hypebeast, Kimbra discussed her solitary approach to writing and recording, collaborating with producer Ryan Lott on A Reckoning, and what she learned from her five-year hiatus. Kimbra revealed that she has been writing more than ever over the past five years and that she has shifted her perspective to release more music more frequently instead of taking long breaks between albums. Kimbra also talked about how she kept her circle small and worked mostly alone on the album, writing most of the ballads during a period of solitude in her East Village apartment.
Working with Ryan Lott
Ryan Lott produced A Reckoning, and Kimbra described how they worked together to create the album’s unique sound. She revealed that they had worked together before, and she had given him some old songs she had written years ago. During the pandemic, Kimbra was alone and went through a tough time after a relationship ended, so she began writing on her piano. She also explained that she and Ryan are both quite solitary and worked in isolation a lot, but they had a lot of deep philosophical conversations throughout the process. They filled in the gaps of each other’s skill sets, and Kimbra was drawn to Ryan’s experimental world, where the focus was on space and angular choices.
Favorite Part of the Album
When asked about her favorite part of A Reckoning’s soundscape, Kimbra talked about how the album’s structure moves between moments of explosion and tenderness. She wanted to explore that moment right before someone explodes, the moment of catharsis, and then the tenderness and vulnerability that comes after those moments of release.
Kimbra’s A Reckoning is an album born out of isolation, self-discovery, and experimentation. The singer-songwriter’s unique sound and style have evolved over the past decade, and this album is the culmination of her creative journey. With its mix of old and new songs, explosive moments, and tender ballads, A Reckoning is an album that invites listeners to join Kimbra on her journey of reckoning with herself.
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