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 🙂

Love me some Emeli Sandé, a 24-year old Scottish r&b/soul vocalist & songwriter, who’s killin’ it with her latest tune, “My Kind of Love”. That voice infused with a backdrop of smooth piano and hip hop makes for a perfect track & happens to be my new fave song! Even more, the meaning and message behind this song is very dear;  it’s the idea of  non-superficial/authentic/deep love, support & friendship, that has no limit. LOVE IT!

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!

What a romantic song; one of those songs I can never really get enough of. This song creates a beautiful vision. It takes me away for a little bit. It makes me envision walking down a not-so-crowded cobblestone alley, locking hands with my sweetheart (the nonexistent one) on a beautiful Spring morning in Paris. I tend to love songs, that by merely listening to them, can take me to another place; I think it is pretty impressive when a song can have that much of an impact on one’s imagination. Take a listen! See where it takes you.

Nouvelle Vague, consisting of two musicians (Marc Collin & Olivier Libaux) and various singers, is a French band that respectfully recreates their own covers of various punk, bluegrass and new wave songs. I love their style because it is very artistic, relaxing and imagination-evoking. If you like this song, you may also enjoy the following:

  1. “love will tear us a apart”
  2. “Dance with me”
  3. “Marian”