I fall in love with songs. It's very rare that I fall in love with a musician.
Almost all the new songs in my iTunes were added as singular songs, not albums. And if I do download an album, I usually end up deleting most of the songs because they sound too similar or I simply don't like them. Of course there are artists that manage to snag more than a few slots on my iPod's playlists, but they don't come around often. The last artist to have the honor was Kimbra.
If you haven't heard of her, Kimbra is a 21 year old alternative/jazz musician and my favorite thing to come from New Zealand since Flight of the Conchords. A friend introduced me to her in September or October of last year and amazingly, I've truly enjoyed all the songs I've heard from her so far. Granted, she doesn't have a lot of material out yet. Her debut album Vows was released last fall in Australia and New Zealand and won't be released in the United States until this March.
She has a unique, soulful style and her songs range from quirky jazz ("Settle Down," "Good Intent") to alternative ("Somebody That I Used to Know," in which she teamed up with artist Gotye) to pure pop ("Cameo Lover"). Her voice has a great range and she likes to experiment with it, throwing it around and using its tones in unusual ways (sometimes reminding me of Regina Spektor). But despite her unique take on jazz and pop, her songs are still catchy and addicting. After listening to Good Intent for the first time, I had the song stuck in my head all night (and may have attempted some of the moves in the music video too).
Right now, likely because Vows has yet to be released, it's difficult to find more than a handful of Kimbra's singles online. I can't wait until more of the songs surface, but until then, I'll probably be playing the songs below on repeat. If you haven't yet had the pleasure, I insist you give at least one of them a listen too.