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Kimberly Anne / October 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 23rd July 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Young singer/songwriter Kimberly Anne, who will have cracked the top 5 on the UK singles chart this week with her cover of Robin S’s house classic ‘Show Me Love’ that has also been A-listed on Radio 1, will be releasing a new single very shortly. The Communion New Faces 2014 tour alum has announced details of her first-ever UK headline tour. Tickets are on sale tomorrow, Friday the 24th of July, at 9 AM.

Have a watch of a new live video Kimberly Anne has recorded of her performing live under the tour date listing. For past coverage of the singer/songwriter on TGTF, go here.

Sunday 4th October 2015 – Glasgow Stereo
Monday 5th October 2015 – Manchester Sound Control
Tuesday 6th October 2015 – London Barfly
Thursday 8th October 2015 – London Barfly (sold out)
Friday 9th October 2015 – Brighton Patterns
Saturday 10th October 2015 – Bristol Louisiana
Sunday 11th October 2015 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsNG_BGqTPs[/youtube]

 

Interview: Kimberly Anne

 
By on Monday, 15th September 2014 at 11:00 am
 

For the release of her ‘Hard as Hello’ EP earlier this year, Kimberly Anne held a release party at London’s Social. Such was the demand from the hundreds stuck outside that she had to perform twice on the same night to ensure everyone went home happy. It’s the personal touch that makes Kimberly stand out, not only as a person, but in her music. Following the release of her ‘Liar’ EP last month, Kimberly spoke to TGTF about her latest release and her plans for the future.

It’s no secret that Kimberly had an unconventional way of getting into music, as she explained. “Originally, I wrote poetry and I performed it at poetry nights in South London. I was learning the keyboard at the same time, so I’d take my keyboard along, play some chords and sing a few repetitive lines in the middle. One day, someone sort of tapped me on the shoulder and was like: ‘Do you reckon that you’re just a singer-songwriter?’ I was like: ‘Oh, yeah.’ It wasn’t the most natural thing at the beginning because I thought I was just a poet and an actress, but I got into telling stories through music.”

Throughout her music, Kimberly Anne has had a DIY approach, using items and furniture that she found around the house as instruments: “At first, I didn’t have a drum kit and I couldn’t get my hands on one. In my initial demos, they were actually quite DIY, as I was recording with IKEA tables and stuff. What I found from going through that process was that I couldn’t replicate some of those sounds in the studio. They just didn’t sound the same, so we kept in some of the quirkiness. It got me excited, and it put me in a bit of an experimental sort of journey.”

“On one of my singles called ‘Hard as Hello’, we have a two second sample of a SEGA Megadrive Sonic game. On ‘Liar’, a lot of the drum fills are actually my drummer playing on an empty water cooler bottle. We like to have a bit of fun in the studio. I think that’s the way it should be.”

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thkLjrfB4Oo[/youtube]

‘Liar’ is the lead single from the EP of the same name, which was released on the 22nd of August. Kimberly describes the EP as “a musical playground”. “I got the opportunity to work with some really cool producer”, she explains, “It was a good chance for me to explore where I wanted to take my music before putting the album out. It was a chance for me to show people a reflection of what the album’s going to sound like.”

One of the tracks on the EP, ‘Almost on My Feet’, was written and produced within 4 hours using a home demo set-up: “I don’t normally write like that, but it’s actually been really valuable. It taught me to just accept what happens in the moment and to not always try and achieve perfection.”

Speaking about her forthcoming debut album, which is set to be released in the first half of 2015, Kimberly said that she hopes “people feel like they’ve heard a girl’s honest story. I just want it to be a genuine record. I’m an acoustic pop artist with a dash of indie for good measure and I hope I successfully get across an album that is a little bit more adventurous. I want it to be more exciting than just a straight singer/songwriter, girl with her guitar record. That’s definitely not all that I am.”

Prior to the release of her album (apart from “learning how to cook”), Kimberly is releasing a number of collaboration tracks. While she is playing her cards close to her chest, she did reveal that she has teamed up with D/C, fellow South Londoner Dan Caplan who recently joined Kimberly on stage at her London headline show. “The whole point of the collaborations process was that I wanted to go work with people that I’ve just known about for the last couple of years and that I’ve really been feeling. I just want to get in a room with them and just make something. D/C is just brilliant and I think he’s going to do so well. I just had to be in a room with him. I wanted to see what we created.”

“The rest of the collabs are quite different, so they’re not all in that realm. D/C’s quite soul/electronic, but there’s a vast range of genres that are going to be involved.”

Many thanks to Kimberly Anne for chatting with us and to Danny for sorting this interview out for us. Kimberly Anne’s ‘Liar’ EP is out now on Polydor Records. Catch her on the Communion New Faces tour, which commences in November and also stars FYFE, Oxford pop quartet Pixel Fix and Nottingham five-piece Amber Run.

 

Album Review: Kimberly Anne – Liar EP

 
By on Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

It’s no secret that Kimberly Anne accidentally became a singer/songwriter. The South London-born artist started out by performing at local poetry nights, but a tender word from an encouraging booker broke the news to Kimberly that performing with a keyboard is, really, more musician than poet. Nevertheless, her poetic talents shine through in her songwriting and her latest release, the EP ‘Liar’, is a fantastic example of this.

Working with acclaimed producers including Mark Crew (Bastille), Rich Wilkinson (Lianne Le Havas, Bombay Bicycle Club) and Charlie Hugall (Florence and the Machine, Ed Sheeran, Lucy Rose), the ‘Liar’ EP brilliantly demonstrates Kimberly Anne’s abilities as a singer/songwriter. Aided by an acoustic guitar and a propulsive drum beat, title track ‘Liar’ is predominantly driven by Kimberly’s soulful vocal inflections and is a highlight of the EP. During the incredibly catchy chorus, Kimberly sings, “there’s more than I could share, more than I can bear, to be a liar, to be a liar”, over a melody rich tune.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ9acePTBlg[/youtube]

Kimberly’s talent of writing excellent lyrics is also evident in ‘Girl Next Door’. The track, which contains a funky guitar riff, features memorable lines such as, “’cause he bought his feelings from a second-hand store, we trace the steps of a life he can’t ignore.” The powerful lyrics and the emotion Kimberly manages to express are clearly evident throughout, which makes for extremely pleasant listening. Written and recorded in less than 4 hours as part of a challenge, ‘Almost on My Feet’ is a stripped back track which highlights Kimberly’s strong vocals. Solely accompanied by an acoustic guitar, ‘Almost on My Feet’ draws similarities to the likes of Tracy Chapman (one of Kimberly’s inspirations) and the aforementioned Sheeran.

The final track on the EP is the ‘Liar’ Jakwob remix. Having previously produced remixes for the likes of Ellie Goulding, Lily Allen and Lana Del Rey, Jakwob has become renowned for delivering time and time again, and his remix of ‘Liar’ doesn’t disappoint. Jakwob has produced a laid-back drum and bass remix, which doesn’t take away the passion and emotion Kimberly Anne perfectly portrays.

Despite only being four tracks long, the ‘Liar’ EP superbly demonstrates Kimberly Anne’s array of talents as both a singer and a songwriter. Remember the name, as Kimberly is a big name to watch out for in the future (and she has even bigger hair to match).

9/10

Kimberly Anne’s new ‘Liar’ EP is out now on Polydor Records. Catch her on the Communion New Faces tour, which commences in November and also stars FYFE, Oxford pop quartet Pixel Fix and Nottingham five-piece Amber Run.

 

Communion New Faces / November 2014 English Tour

 
By on Monday, 1st September 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Independent record label and promoter Communion Music has just announced the line up for the second part of its biannual New Faces tour, which will take place this November.  The bill includes elusive solo artist FYFE, South London singer/songwriter Kimberly Anne, Oxford pop quartet Pixel Fix (pictured above), and Nottingham five-piece Amber Run, whose track ‘Pilot’ is featured in the video below.

Tickets for the following dates are available now through the usual outlets, but if you’d like a little bonus, grab your tickets from MusicGlue via Communion’s Web site.  Each ticket purchased that way will come with a free EP download containing a sample track from each artist.

Monday 3rd November 2014 – Brighton Green Door Store
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – Bristol Louisiana
Wednesday 5th November 2014 – London St. Stephens Church
Friday 7th November 2014 – Oxford Art Bar
Saturday 8th November 2014 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Sunday 9th November 2014 – Nottingham Bodega
Monday 10th November 2014 – Leeds Holy Trinity Church

[youtube]http://youtu.be/v-ly2LYiTI4[/youtube]

 
 
 

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