Hidden under one of the best hair cuts we have recently witnessed stands Kimberly Anne, one of our new favourite songwriters. By mixing up genres and placing a refreshingly heavy emphasis on percussion, she manages to create tracks that are both welcoming and intriguing. Hot off a tour with Lewis Watson, her label mate, and with one very well received EP under her belt and another being recorded in the studio right now, it looks like there’s lots of people just as impressed as we are.
Kimberly Anne doesn’t prescribe to the cutesy guitar and pop twang that singer songwriters often rely upon. There’s a satisfying depth and variety to her EP, with bold percussion providing a wonderful accompaniment to her grounded vocals. It goes a long way to give the tracks a sense of purpose. There’s something life affirming about it too, a brevity and sense of reality within the gloom that is difficult to pin down, but makes for a welcome variant on the conventional emotionally wrought musician. Of course, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t deal with similarly emotional themes. In Bury It There she sings “Never gonna be your princess, just another girl in the room” as she shares a tale of unrequited love. It is however, the following line that provide the best example of how Kimberly separates herself from the pack: “I’m bigger than this usually, I’ll get over it eventually”. It is through this lens of self reflection that she deals with notions of love and loss in a refreshingly relatable way. She describes and portrays these strong emotions as genuine aspects of real lives, and not their overplayed romanticised extremes. It is this touch of authenticity that makes her music so easy to identify with and invest in.
Recently signed to Polydor, Kimberly Anne is set to have her shot at breaking into the already brimming pool of talented and successful modern British solo artists. As long she keeps making music with the same charming self-deprecation and humanity there’s not much that can stop her.