New Zealand artist Kimbra released her sophomore album The Golden Echo on Aug. 19 in the U.S. Three years after her successful debut album Vows and the Grammy-winning duet she did with Gotye, Kimbra returns with new music with a fresh sound that is still distinctly hers.
For her D.C. stop, she played at the intimate venue U Street Music Hall to a full house. It was good to see she had chosen another woman to open her show, budding Brooklyn artist Lorely Rodriguez of Empress Of. I’d never heard of her before but after her performance, I will definitely check out more of her music.
Kimbra was such an honest, animated performer and her voice was absolutely phenomenal. Her dancing was spontaneous, driven by the beat of her music. She looked like she was loving every moment of being on stage and the crowd definitely responded to that, cheers getting more and more deafening as she neared the end of her show. Highlights included the vulnerable “As You Are”, a moving rendition of “Goldmine”, and a bright, freer version of her first single off the latest album “90s Music”. If you’re looking for a performance that is high energy with near perfect vocals, look no further than a live performance from Kimbra.