In the past month I’ve seen an artist I liked suddenly become known by everyone I talk to. This change has been instigated by the release of one song- a song that’s blown away all of Australia since its release a month ago, and is currently in the process of doing the same to the rest of the world.
Gotye, the musical moniker of Belgian-born Wally de Becker, has done some brilliant work in the past. His album Like Drawing Blood drew wide critical acclaim, and last year’s single Eyes Wide Open, from this year’s upcoming album, Making Mirrors, proved he still had a surplus of creative juices flowing through him.
And all of this brings us to Somebody That I Used To Know.
This is without a doubt one of the finest songs to be released in recent memory. Gotye’s fractured vocals are backed by an astoundingly simple riff running incessantly throughout the track, and when he belts out that haunted chorus, one is hit with so much sorrow and remorse for him. Perhaps the track’s greatest success is that the listener also sides with Kiwi artist Kimbra, who provides the other perspective.
This track deserves every bit of attention it receives, and more.