Kimbra has announced she’ll be returning with new music in January 2022.
The Aotearoa singer, songwriter and performer made the announcement on social media. Kimbra also shared a new press image, which was taken by Spencer Ostrander and features the creative direction of PHELAN and styling from Bex Sheers.
Kimbra’s most recent album, Primal Heart, came out in April 2018. It was her third full-length release, following her breakout debut, Vows (2011), and difficult second album, The Golden Echo (2014). Kimbra previously announced she was working on the new album with Ryan Lott of New York post-rock band Son Lux.
Despite not releasing any solo work, Kimbra has been active over the last couple of years, singing guest vocals on singles by BRUX (‘Take’), Son Lux (‘Gone’), Jacob Collier (‘In My Bones’) and Hermitude (‘Janela’), as well as remixing tracks by mmeadows and Tōth.
Kimbra, who was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, but is now based in Upstate New York, recently told Stuff of her experience contracting COVID-19 during the virus’ first wave in March 2020. “I knew immediately something was definitely different, because I suffered a loss of my senses of taste and smell along with feeling unwell,” she said.
In the same interview, Kimbra said the lockdowns were crucial in getting her to knuckle down on the upcoming fourth album. “It’s been the most fun making an album that I’ve ever had. I really feel like I’m creating my best work right now,” she said.
“I think [the new album] speaks to our time. It’s a time that requires music that has a deep soul. And soul is something that’s really needed right now.”
Kimbra previewed the album via Instagram in October, sharing a snippet of the song ‘Different Story’.