Kimbra: Settle Down (Live)

New Zealand's Pop Prodigy Multiplies Into a Formidable Beatboxing Chorus

One-woman, iPad-looping sensation Kimbra performs her breakout hit “Settle Down” in our exclusively commissioned and dynamic short by directors Us. Springing to global attention after featuring on Belgian chart-topping phenomenon Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” the soulful 22-year-old Kiwi dropped her debut album Vows in America last month. Us directing duo Christopher Barrett and Luke Taylor filmed a single take of the track to capture the live energy of Kimbra’s performance, visually recreating her vocal loops in post-production. “She builds the entire song using just her vocals, some beatboxing and her iPad,” they explain. “It’s often quite hard to distinguish many layers of sound, so we wanted to break down the structure of her performance, and highlight what she was actually doing.” Currently touring the States with indie rockers Foster the People, NOWNESS caught up with Kimbra on the road to snare her choice of dance moves and drum kits.

Jet set or settle down? 
Jet set!

Up or offbeat? 
Offbeat. 

Shuffle or playlist?
Playlist.

Vinyl or leather?
Leather.

Whiskey or wine? 
Wine.

Twitter or Tumblr?
Twitter.

Bach or The Beatles? 
The Beatles.

Hi-tech or lo-fi? 
High-tech. 

Pop art or pop tart? 
Pop art. 

A cappella or Acapulco? 
A capella.

Drum kit or tool kit? 
Drum kit made up of a tool kit. 

Toe-tap or head-bop? 
Head BANG.

Shimmy or shake? 
Shake. 

Dior or Dion (Celine)? 
I'm down with Celine. 

Solo or duet? 
Duet... With D’Angelo, please?

1950s or 1990s? 
50s for the style, 90s for the cheesy R&B. 

Showgirl or playgirl? 
Showgirl. 

Beastie or Backstreet? 
Backstreet!

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Conversations (2)

  • Ms Maitland
    The Gotye collaboration was a bit of an accident - he did not intend to work with Kimbra initially but the duet partner he had intended to work with did not work out. Better for Gotye (who was born in Belgium, by the by, but immigrated to Australia when he was 2 yrs. old) , and the world, that Kimbra was available. Saw Kimbra in concert in Toronto last month - brilliant concert that delighted the young crowd and 40+ set like me.
  • elli ioannou PHOTOGRAPHY
    Gotye collaboration was no accident-both are super talented artists ! PS Gotye is Australian -not Belgian!

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