If you weren’t at the Aragon Tuesday night, I really hope you had something better planned because you missed out on one hell-of-a show! Gotye and Kimbra brought down the house with high energy, passion and excitement for fans who weren’t too sure what to expect from the Australian and New Zealand natives.
As many suspected, Kimbra opened for the Chicago show and started the night off on the right foot. Her fervor on stage was simply contagious, as she got the crowd riled up for Gotye’s act to follow. Complete with pure spunk, tambourine in hand and a vibrant salsa-party dress, Kimbra shimmied and sang her heart out with songs including Settle Down, Cameo Lover and Two Way Street — and the crowd could not have been more receptive. Her jazz infused melodies and on-stage harmonic creativity left concert-goers stunned by her talent, but ready for more.
When Gotye got on stage the roar in the venue vibrated off the walls. Opening the show with my personal favorite, Eyes Wide Open, the audience was taken aback by the awesome backdrop that displayed both trippy and colorful images for each of his songs. His genuine love for music was immediately shown with the range of musical instruments and sound-manipulating devices he used throughout the show. He even pointed to the audience on occasions to keep the melody of his songs going while he proceeded to play with his toys on stage.
State Of The Art, Smoke and Mirrors and Easy Way Out all received great recognition from the crowd, but didn’t come close to his number one song, Somebody That I Used I Used To Know - as you can image, especially with Kimbra on stage to complete the tune. The hour and fifteen minute set ended on a high note with In Your Light and I Feel Better.
Being that it was their first time visiting the Second City, I think it’s safe to say Gotye and Kimbra have found a home-away-from-home here in Chicago. Their unique vocal sound and rhythmically soothing beats provided the crowd with exactly what we wanted in an industry when concerts often equate to selling out.
When it comes to live shows it’s very rare for an artist to sound just like their studio album, if not better, and they had no problem meeting those expectations.
With that said, keep an eye out for both Kimbra and Gotye as their success will undoubtedly continue to grow here in the states. They have proven themselves as respected champions within the industry and are here to stay.