Album: The Golden Echo (2014)


  • Kimbra explained the track's meaning to Consequence of Sound: "This song is really a song about joy and celebration and the sense of having your faith restored in life and love again."

    "For the record itself, The Golden Echo, there's a lot of different themes and ups and downs," she continued. "But this song, lyrically, is about what it's like to be in a situation that makes me feel one way, and then someone comes along and shifts your perspective on it and you see it in a new way. It's very much like an intervention of some sort - like a miracle. It plays with reality and shines a new light on something."
  • A nod to the disco sound of the '70s and '80s, the track features Kimbra mimicking a horn section using samples of her voice. "I sound like an alien, but it's so much more interesting than just getting a horn section in," she told Radio.com. "And cheaper!"
  • Kimbra wrote the track with American bassist and vocalist Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner and Daniel Johns from Silverchair. She recalled the story of the song to Consequence of Sound: "Daniel flew over to Los Angeles to work with me on different jams. Thundercat is from the funk world, and Daniel Johns is more spacey and coming from an almost grunge era."

    "You know when you're a kid and you're bouncing on a trampoline, how you don't know exactly why you feel so uplifted and inspired by that but you do? I thought, 'Why don't I try to channel that place in a song?' It's amazing because it really did come together in a matter of hours. It just sort of fell out lyrically and everything, all the changes. There was a great buzz in the room of just not over-thinking things."

    "The beat literally was just me on an iPad just doing a 2-4 .clack boom clack boom.' That was all we were responding to for the whole song. And I loved it being so lo-fi, but then we decided to kind of build on it. Then we got John on the drums, and the song started to evolve. But initially it was literally just Thundercat playing bass, the 2-4 beat, Daniel Johns on the keyboards, and me on melody."
  • The drums were performed by Michael Jackson's stickman John Robinson who played on Off the Wall. A prolific studio drummer, Robinson also played with Chaka Khan, Lionel Richie and more recently on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories album.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Maria MuldaurSongwriter Interviews

The "Midnight At The Oasis" singer is an Old Time gal. She talks about her jug band beginnings and shares a Dylan story.

Martyn Ware of Heaven 17Songwriter Interviews

Martyn talks about producing Tina Turner, some Heaven 17 hits, and his work with the British Electric Foundation.

Charlie Benante of AnthraxSongwriter Interviews

The drummer for Anthrax is also a key songwriter. He explains how the group puts their songs together and tells the stories behind some of their classics.

Ian Anderson of Jethro TullSongwriter Interviews

The flautist frontman talks about touring with Led Zeppelin, his contribution to "Hotel California", and how he may have done the first MTV Unplugged.

Marvin GayeFact or Fiction

Did Marvin try out with the Detroit Lions? Did he fake crazy to get out of military service? And what about the cross-dressing?

P.F. SloanSongwriter Interviews

P.F. was a teenager writing hits and playing on tracks for Jan & Dean when he wrote a #1 hit that got him blackballed.