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 🙂

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.

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”