90′s Music, the first single from Kimbra’s sophomore record, The Golden Echo, is an oddball, schizoid ode to ’90s culture, nostalgia and youthful exuberance. It was met mostly with confusion and some distaste upon release, but further listening revealed a flourishing, innovative track with cutting edge production and a suitably mighty chorus. A pop song, then.
Similarly, The Golden Echo is a modern soul pop album which manages to stay true to its template while simultaneously turning it inside out. Every time you feel you’ve found your feet, you’re hit with a tempo change, or a vocal distortion, maybe some warped samples, or musical interstitials which sometimes border on non sequitur. It can be unsettling but stick with it — you’ll be glad that you did.