NZ/LA-based artist Kimbra is touring in support of her new album The Golden Echo, which will be released on August 19th via Warner Bros. Records. Her celebratory new track, “Miracle,” debuted yesterday. Produced by Kimbra and Rich Costey, it features contributions from acclaimed bassist Thundercat, Daniel Johns (Silverchair) and legendary drummer John JR Robinson (Michael Jackson, Daft Punk). The album is available for pre-order from all participating retailers. Those who pre-order will receive three instant downloads of the album tracks “90s Music,” “Love In High Places” and “Nobody But You.”
A modern pop record, The Golden Echo is ambitious, sophisticated, and complex, just like its creator. The New Zealand-born singer-songwriter wrote the songs in her bedroom studio on a farm in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, where she was surrounded by sheep and lambs owned by her landlady. A riot of genres, from Prince-like funk, to sing-songy electro-pop, to eerie space-age hip-hop, The Golden Echo features further contributions from R&B singer Bilal to Queens Of The Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman, as well as famed string arranger Van Dyke Parks.
The Golden Echo is Kimbra’s second album. Her 2011 debut, Vows, bowed at No. 14 on the Billboard Top 200 and was certified platinum in Australia and New Zealand. Kimbra exploded into the public consciousness that same year with “Somebody That I Used To Know,” a duet with Gotye that earned her a Grammy for “Record of the Year” and “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.” The song topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 2012 and was the best-selling song of that year in the U.S.
Kimbra will hit the road supported by electro-pop artist Empress Of on October 20th in San Francisco, and will stop in major cities across the country through November 9th. Tickets go on sale on July 25th. Kimbra will also perform at the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, which takes place October 24th-26th.
Update: August 13th, 2014:
You can now stream The Golden Echo in its entirety on NPR First Listen. Kimbra is touring in support of her new album The Golden Echo, which will be released on August 19th via Warner Bros. Records. The album is available for pre-order from all participating retailers.
10/20 San Francisco, CA – The Independent*
10/23 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy*
10/24 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory*
10/25-10/26 Las Vegas, NV – Life Is Beautiful Festival
10/27 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue*
10/28 Denver, CO – Sherman Street Event Center*
10/30 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café
11/01 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
11/06 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*
11/07 Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live – Downstairs*
11/08 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall*
11/09 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall*
* w/ Empress Of