Kimbra's New Song: New Zealand pop singer and Gotye collaborator releases "90s Music."

Kimbra's New Song, "90s Music," Is an Incredibly Ambitious, Impressive Mix of Genres

Kimbra's New Song, "90s Music," Is an Incredibly Ambitious, Impressive Mix of Genres

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May 6 2014 9:56 PM

Kimbra's New Song, "90s Music," Is an Incredibly Ambitious, Impressive Mix of Genres

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Kimbra's latest is chaotic, refreshing mish-mash music.

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Kimbra, for those not quite familiar with up-and-coming New Zealand pop singers, is most notable for being Gotye's collaborator on the huge, Grammy-winning hit "Somebody That I Used to Know." But the artist is no flash in the pan: only 24, she's currently working on the follow-up to her 2011 debut album, Vows. Now we have a cut, "90s Music," from that still-untitled album, and it's an impressive medley of musical styles.

It's tough to peg Kimbra's influences here, because the song has a bit of everything: There's a Sleigh Bells-like electronic vocal, plenty of found-material sampling, and a rousing chorus that somehow combines 8-bit, chiptune glitches with a bubblegum pop melody and heavy guitar chords. It's a constantly surprising track, and its ambition more than compensates for the jarring, random shifts in sound and style. Check it out below.

Sharan Shetty is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker. You can follow him on Twitter