Kimbra is back with her first new song in three years – an experimental, cerebral ballad titled “Save Me” – alongside news of her long-awaited fourth album.
According to a press release, “Save Me” was inspired by “a singular moment,” with its lyrics following the singer as she “searches for her insecurities in hopes that someone will save her from herself.” . Thematically, the song is meant to explore “how two internal realities can be present at once: chaos and contemplation, rage and the force of still life.”
On the heartbreaking chorus of the track, Kimbra sings: “Go ahead and save me / I sink into my feelings / And I’m afraid they’ll drown my confidence. Go ahead and save me / I may look capable but I’m not / These days, you’re all I have.
‘Save Me’ arrives alongside a cinematic video directed by Yvan Fabing. It mixes bold CGI with shots of Kimbra wandering the idyllic natural landscapes of Iceland. In the presser, it is said that the narrative of the video reflects her journey as she “seeks to heal her relationship to herself, to other women, and ultimately to Mother Earth.”
Watch the video below:
Fans have been waiting for over two years for ‘Save Me’ to be released – Kimbra first performed it in August 2020, when she performed a live concert for Noonchorus. During a second performance in October 2020, the New Zealand-born artist described the song as “one of the most honest pieces” she had ever written.
“Save Me” is the lead single from Kimbra’s fourth album, “A Reckoning,” also announced today and slated for release January 27 via Inertia and [PIAS]. According to an official synopsis, the album “is designed to be a reflective record capturing the macro accounts that impact our world around environment, race, feminism, health and patriarchy across the eyes of the archetypal mother”.
The blurb goes on to note that “at the heart of her case is the war with micro accounts that Kimbra faces internally.” He promotes “A Reckoning” as “the most sonically self-contained and confessional rawest”. [that Kimbra] has ever been, finding influence in everything from modern film soundtracks to the electronic and industrial worlds”.
Kimbra began work on “A Reckoning” in 2018, co-producing it with Son Lux’s Ryan Lott (who recently helmed the score for Everything everywhere all at once).
The album marks Kimbra’s debut on Inertia and [PIAS], having already been signed to Warner. In a press release, local label executive Cameron Walsh said, “The entire Inertia team is thrilled to be working with the unparalleled talent that is Kimbra. Her new body of raw confessional work will blow fans away and propel Kimbra into a whole new dimension. We are incredibly excited for everyone to experience this striking new chapter.
Kimbra’s last album was 2018’s “Primal Heart,” which spawned six singles and earned a four-star review from NME Hannah Mylrea. “This bold release is a battle cry: Kimbra is back, and she’s here to stay,” Mylrea wrote.