Fixation = understatement, when it comes to “Withdraw” by 22-year-old singer & songwriter, Kimbra Johnson. Just as I can’t keep this song out of my head, I can’t resist sharing my obsession with it any longer!

I haven’t seen a performance this moving and passion-filled in a long time. She simply pours her heart and soul out while fully exposing her ground-shaking vocals. This is raw emotion; raw expression with no limit. While it’s apparent just how incredibly talented this New Zealand-born vocalist is, she fascinates me even further with her unique style. She doesn’t quite fit in any single genre, opts instead for a blend of jazz, old school r&b and soul groove with an indie-pop finish – AKA best combination ever! It’s like all my worlds colliding into one perfect one. Think: Maxwell meets Sia.

Great song, amazing performance. Back to repeat, for now 🙂

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Wow! I haven’t heard a voice this good in a very long time. Her voice gives me chills. It is absolutely flawless and effortless – she just simply sits there, opens her mouth and this beautiful voice just falls out. Even though there are so many amazing artists in the indie pop world, I think she really stands out and steps it up because of the pureness and flawlessness in her voice; it’s soft and smooth yet so powerful and captivating at the same time. Also, as she mentioned in an interview, she has a strong influence from r&b which I think adds uniqueness and a different level of soulfulness to her music. I plan to explore her music much further and hope to one day see her live.

Sia – “Lentil”

June 15, 2011

How can you not get lost in her music? There is nothing but raw emotion and soul in all of her songs. I also enjoy the beat because it’s very unique and a little funky. I love love love the last chorus because she gets more and more into it and it’s as though all of her emotions just come out and they come out so powerfully and beautifully. My other faves by Sia include: “Soon We’ll be Found” and “Breath Me”. Check em out!

Feist, a Canadian born pop-rock singer and songwriter, has become one of my favorite artists. Her soothing notes, her raw expression and sad lyrics about love really connect with me. The first time I heard her she reminded me much of Sia so I got really excited! I just fell in love with this song “intuition” and have been listening to it on repeat for the last two weeks! I love the lyrics as well because it’s somewhat of a mystery until you really listen to it.  It’s not a straight forward love song –  it makes you think a little. Shouts out to U. J. for introducing this to me and big thanks for the sick indie mix!