Songs of 2012 Countdown: #2 Kimbra

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Yes, it's the Indy's annual — and highly subjective — countdown of the year's most intriguing, compelling and just plain enjoyable songs. You can pick up our December 26 issue to find the complete story, along with a rundown of local musicians' favorites. In the meantime, here's #2....

Kimbra, “Settle Down”
While Kimbra was already finding fame Down Under, she’d remained relatively unknown here in the States until her featured vocals on Gotye’s breakthrough “Somebody That I Used to Know” helped make it the best-selling single of 2012. That said, I much prefer this track from her Vows album, which showcases a quirky pop sensibility that’s a bit less operatic, but no less brilliant, than Kate Bush. With its soaring chorus and intriguing lyrical references to ’50s noir film A Place in the Sun, “Settle Down” is the most musically developed and emotionally arresting track from a 22-year-old artist whose star continues to rise.

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