I am really liking this trend towards vocal percussion. I was lucky enough to see the Kimbra show at The Bardot Club at Monday night’s “KCRW School Night.” One of my favorite songs “Settle Down,” that she performed had a lot of vocal complexities–so much that while she sang, she seemed to be conducting and notating her vocals with her hands on an invisible staff in front of her. Her use of vocal percussion reminded me of last summer’s hit by tUnE-yArDs called “Gangsta.” Rhythm, Rhythm, Rhythm.

This technique is especially impressive live. ‘Wow, I didn’t know a voice could do that!’

Below are Kimbra and tUnE-yArDs videos exemplifying this percussive vocal style:

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