As humans, we inherently seek, crave, and thrive on love. We just chase it like a predator or dawn on the heels of darkness. The primordial bond between instinct and passion drives Kimbra’s 2018 third full-length album, Primal Heart [Warner Bros. Records].
An admission during the track “Human,” “I got a heart that’s primal,” codifies a poignant, prescient, and pervasive theme for the art pop songstress.
“It tapped on an interesting rawness about what it means to have a heart that cries out for love as a primal need,” she exclaims. “There’s a vulnerability to that as well as a sense of coming back to truth. The Primal Heart is full both fear and self-preservation like an animal, but there is also a longing to transcend and evolve.”
The same could be said of Kimbra. Since emerging in 2010, she has continually evolved. 2012 saw her become a household name after dueting with Gotye on the ubiquitous RIAA quadruple-platinum-certified “Somebody That I Used To Know.” It went on to win both “Record of the Year” and “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” at the 2013 GRAMMY® Awards, and she made history as “the third New Zealand singer to win a GRAMMY®.”2014’s The Golden Echo found her progressing yet again and receiving the endorsement of Paste, Los Angeles Times, Spin, Consequence of Sound and more along the way.