New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Kimbra

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New Zealander singer/songwriter and actress Kimbra stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently and showed us some of her favorite records, sharing her personal history with each one. "I was quite into punk rock around, you know, 15 and there was a band called The Mint Chicks that used to play in my hometown, Hamilton," she explained to us. "Ruban Nielson, who went on to create Unknown Mortal Orchestra, was the guitarist in that band." Holding up the band's 2016 album, Multi-Love, she went on to praise his songwriting ability and musicianship. "'Can't Keep Checking My Phone' is just such a funky song." Kimbra had lots of thoughtful insight into every record she picked, making for an interesting and personal What's In My Bag? episode. 

Kimbra began writing songs when she was ten years old. As a child, she sang at sporting events and released her first music video, for the song "Smile" on the children's TV show What Now. On the Kimbra - Primal Heart - Amoeba Musicstrength of her second single, "Simply On My Lips," she signed with independent label and management group Forum 5 and began a series of high-profile collaborations that would launch her to stardom. Kimbra appeared on a track by Miami Horror ("I Look to You") before collaborating with Gotye on "Somebody That I Used to Know," which would eventually go multi-platinum and garner the duo awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammys.

Kimbra's debut album, Vows, landed shortly after the single with Gotye hit airwaves. The album peaked at #3 in New Zealand and #14 in the US. For her follow-up, Kimbra relocated to LA to record The Golden Echo, which featured appearances from Thundercat, Bilal, and John Legend. Her third LP, Primal Heart, was released in early 2018 via Warner Bros. 

Speaking of her love of syncopated rhythms, Kimbra brought up two different but complimentary artists: English alt-rock band Radiohead and Japanese artist/producer Cornelius, who she says "probably isn't considered jazz to most people, but to me, he has a very jazz mindset." Another artist Kimbra thought of as having as having a "jazz mindset" was Bjork. Having picked up a copy of the Icelandic artist's Post, Kimbra commented, "I was quite young when I first heard it. She kind of was my portal into the avant garde." Kimbra credited Rich Costey, who co-produced her album, The Golden Echo, with introducing her to some of her picks, including composer Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians. "I probably listen to this album once a day, if not once a day, every couple of days," she told us. 'It's become meditative for me."

But which indie-rocker does Kimbra consider "one of the best songwriters of our time?" And which R&B album does she call "timeless?" You'll have to watch the full video to find out:

Kimbra - What's In My Bag?
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