Kimbra (born Kimbra Johnson on March 27th, 1990) is a singer from New Zealand
, although she has moved to Australia
. Her main genre is soul. Although she only has one album out, she broke out when she was featured in Gotye
's "Somebody That I Used to Know".
In 2012, Kimbra released her first album, Vows, in the United States. A different cut with songs produced in America were included with the original, but remastered, music.Discography:
- Vows (2010)
- Settle Down EP (2011)
Tropes in her songs include:
- Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: The song "Old Flame" seems to be about a lover from back in the day who doesn't share the feelings she still has for him.
- Acting for Two - For three, actually, in the "Good Intent" video.
- Action Girl: Really.
- Album Title Drop: In "Settle Down":
Let make our vows...
- Anti-Climax: "The Build Up", a very quiet and surreal song at the end of Vows, could be seen as the musical equivalent of this. Also qualifies as a Non-Indicative Name, though this is explained in the lyrics: "I wanted love without the build up."
- Anti-Love Song: "Settle Down".
- Body Paint: Used on the cover of Vows.
- Also in the video of "Somebody That I Used to Know".
- The Chanteuse: Her role in the music video of "Good Intent".
- Cut Song: The re-release of Vows cuts four songs from the track listing (plus the Hidden Track), and adds a whopping six new ones.
- Fading into the Next Song: "Two Way Street" into "Old Flame".
- Genre Roulette: Over the course of a single album, she puts her own twist on modern dance and indie pop as well as incorporating vintage jazz and soul sounds, and even covering Nina Simone.
- Hidden Track: "Somebody Please" in Vows. Some copies of the international edition feature "Wandering Limbs" as a hidden track instead, which was cut from the main track listing.
- Hipster: "Posse" is about her resistance to becoming one.
- Hopeless Suitor: "Plain Gold Ring". She wants a guy, but he's already engaged/married.
- Housewife: Kimbra's "ambition" in "Settle Down".
- "I Want" Song: "Settle Down".
- Little Black Dress: Kimbra's costume in the music video of "Settle Down".
- Noir Episode: The music video for "Good Intent" has shades of this trope, though it's in color.
- Obsession Song: "Settle Down", due to Word of God stating that the song was written as a joke, thus the song leaning toward more of the "aggressive" type.
- Rainbow Motif: The blindfolded men in the "Cameo Lover" video.
- Self-Backing Vocalist: Used extensively in a lot of her songs, to the point of being a part of her Signature Style. For example, the hook of "Settle Down".
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Her speaking voice is relatively low compared to singing voice in most of her music. A few songs, particularly some earlier ones, are closer to her speaking range.