Kimbra - Settle Down (at SXSW)
The last time I caught Kimbra was at the Astor around about when Cameo Lover was huge and before she won those ARIAs. She got the hits out of the way early then exploded into an evening of fiery nu-jazz, much to the dismay of my mid-life crises-laden gig brethren. The band was hot, but god damn, Kimbra is incredible on her own. I wish I had caught her earlier long-haired Melbourne gigs, solo with her guitar and a loop pedal, because I think that’s the core of Kimbra. The Kimbra-core. This SXSW side-gig is my new favourite of hers; this time armed with an iPad and a TC Helicon Voicelive. The band’s absence doesn’t detract from her performance. There’s nothing missing, it’s not your typical stripped-down barebones set — there’s just enough. Kimbra Kimbra Kimbra. Love Love Love.