The follow-up to Vows, Kimbra’s 2014 album is a refreshing progressive pop piece of art. To follow up her debut seemed no mean feat, but she did that and so much more on The Golden Echo.
All of the textures are so expansive, and she uses such thoughtful ornamentation from other parts, aiding the core of the songs.
Love in High Places shows off bassist Thundercat with an unorthodox ambient bass solo, while he also sounds as if he is tripping over himself in Madhouse. Kimbra’s exceptional vocal talent is spread across all of the songs, but stands out to me in Goldmine, when leading to the chant-like chorus.
This is no doubt one of the best albums by a New Zealander ever, and incorporates amazing pop songs filled with intellect.