Kimbra’s U.S. debut, Vows, was intended to establish an identity for the Kiwi singer beyond “that’s the chick on that Gotye song.” The album didn’t perform spectacularly, which is a shame. Kimbra’s an extremely talented lady. She’s a bit quirky in the manner that femme artists from Lady Gaga to Lana Del Rey are, but her quirkiness doesn’t seem anywhere near as put on as the other artists I mentioned.

Kimbra’s also super-versatile from a stylistic standpoint. Much like Sia (who I’ve confused her with on an occasion or two,) she can go anywhere from traditional singer/songwriter to dance-pop to funk without batting an eyelash. It’s like she studied Kate Bush, Sarah McLachlan, Norah Jones and Erykah Badu, then smushed them all together.

Kimbra’s second U.S. release, The Golden Echo, will be released on August 19th, and features collaborations with a wide array of artists: Silverchair’s Daniel Johns appears as a co-writer, as does Mark Foster of Foster the People, as does John Legend. Muse’s Matt Bellamy and neo-soul weirdo Bilal also make appearances.

“Nobody But You” is the Legend collaboration, and certainly is a good sign that Echo will be a really good album. I’m looking forward, and you probably should be, too.

Also–what the hell happened to Gotye?

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