Kimbra‘s new video for Come Into My Head is the most exciting she has released since Settle Down (all of two years ago, she now has something like six studio and countless live videos available online). It’s instantaneous, and in this video more obvious than ever the amount of pure talent and super-human focus the 22 year old New Zealander pours into her music and performances.
Isolated in a sterile psychiatric ward, she seems more sane than the emotionally tattered medical staff observing her even as she opens her forehead with a scalpel and lies with a sly sneer on the floor atop a growing puddle of blood. Surrounded by swarming brass and reeded instruments interlaced with spasmodic guitar riffs she takes her unique brand of funk-laden, adventurous pop to a new level of chaotic elation. Every movement she makes is simultaneously fiercely organic and minutely precise.
As her captors in the video find out, to their horror, they cannot contain the irresistible force that is Kimbra. It’s to our delight that we learn the very same lesson. For my money, I’m willing to call Kimbra a generational talent. You decide for yourself but my pencil is down.