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Kimbra’s Calling: Primal Heart Tour

Recently, my all-time favorite musical artist, Kimbra, came to Boston. You may think you’ve never heard of her, but you definitely know her incredibly popular 2012 duet with Gotye, Somebody that I Used to Know. I soon became obsessed with her work after she released her own debut album, Vows,  that same year.  After its release she toured for a while, took a hiatus, and then moved to a sheep farm in Los Angeles. Soon after she dropped her second album, The Golden Echo in 2014. Fast-forward four years and a transplant to New York City, she is set to release her upcoming third album, Primal Heart on April 20th.

I was too young to attend a concert from her first two albums so I had been impatiently waiting to actually get to see her live. My time finally came on January 28th at the Paradise Rock Club.After waiting an hour on the cold Allston sidewalk and another hour inside, her opener, Arc Iris, from Providence, Rhode Island performed an eclectic set of electric art-pop rock that prepared us for the whirlwind that would be Kimbra’s set. Arc Iris ended their whacky set with Piggies Pt. 2. People came out in giant costume pig heads and danced around. Needless to say, these guys had us amped for whatever wild plans that Kimbra had in store for us.

Once they finished, it was back to waiting for the main act to come out. The stage was set so that members, Timon Martin and Spencer Zahn, were in two giant diagonal mesh lined cubes behind her which she projected psychedelic images and lights onto them.

After about 45 minutes, Kimbra stepped out onto the stage to massive applause from the crowd. She was so surprised she actually stopped for a second to process and laugh while we went crazy. Setting herself front and center in the middle of all of her equipment she calls her “spaceship”, she began her amazing set. Starting off by performing Version of Me from her new album the crowd was immediately loving it.

Her set mostly consisted of songs off the new album but she didn’t let dedicated fans down– she also had some throwbacks ready for us. About a third into the show she took us all by surprise when she broke out her first ever single Settle Down, and the crowd went absolutely nuts.

She took time talk to the crowd, explaining how Spencer is originally from Boston and how she was excited to be back after four years off tour.

The second part of the set saw Kimbra perform some acoustic renditions of her new work. She finished out her show with the energetic, “Top of the World”, which she produced with Tyler the Creator. But she wasn’t done quite yet.

After a couple minutes of absolute chaos, she waltzed back onto stage with another device in hand. Kimbra explained to us that it’s an auto-tuner and she wanted to try out her song, Real Life, with it. She prefaced the song by saying she doesn’t always get it right, but she ended up executing it flawlessly. It was a perfect end to a perfect night.

Kimbra’s third album Primal Heart comes out on April 20th and I highly recommend giving the first three singles from it a listen.

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