Wally De Backer, better known by his stage name, Gotye, is already set up to be one of 2012’s biggest names. His 2011 album Making Mirrors found critical success in his home country of Australia, and the artist is preparing to spread his wings to hit America like Adele. With his intoxicatingly soothing voice, sudden hooks and high notes that shove you out of the comfortable reverie his verses induce, Goyte’s music is both thrilling and challenging, speaking to shared experiences with its honest lyricism.
1. “Somebody That I Used To Know”
“Somebody That I Used To Know” was a runway hit in Australia and its ripples have reached American shores with noticeable force. Dueting with another Australian up-and-coming superstar, Kimbra, Gotye taps into the messiness a breaking up — and the unexpectedly painful mundanities, like the simple act of returning each others belongings, that go with it. The sentiment of the song and Gotye’s cutting hook, coupled with the beautiful video and trickling graphics that match the melody, will have you stuck to your screen hitting repeat.
2. Creative Covers Of “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Walk Off The Earth covered “Somebody That I Used To Know” using five people and one guitar and if possible, it’s just as compelling as the original. We love that Gotye’s music inspires such creative responses from such talented musicians, as opposed to the stock standard same-same style cover. The Roots affiliated STS also got creative with the song, using the melody and chorus to tell his own story (which at times is very humorous) of a break up (after the jump).
Gotye is billed to play at Coachella, along with every other buzz band from 2011. This tells us that perhaps the Coachella Gods are onto something, as the festival both promotes existing and sets new musical trends with its line ups. We predict that after Coachella “Gotye” will be the name on everyone’s lips — his soaring vocal is a perfect partner for the heady festival atmosphere.
4. The Basics
The multi-talented Gotye plays drums and lends his vocals to the Australian band, The Basics. We’ve had the pleasure of seeing the band play live, and can tell you they put on quite a show, and even if you don’t know their music, they’ll have you easily mesmerized with their expert showmanship. The band is on hiatus right now, but we can attest to how good they are — their back catalog is definitely worth a listen. Start with “With This Ship” from their 2009 album Keep Your Friends Close.
5. He’s Australian
Did we mention he’s Australian? And what’s not to love about Australians?
6. Ashton Kutcher, Katy Perry And Lily Allen Love Him
Superstars Ashton Kutcher, Katy Perry and Lily Allen have all spouted gushing praise for Gotye via Twitter. You know that old saying, “it takes one to know one”? Ashton and Katy’s Tweets are below, while Lily simply wrote, “Love this video…” and copied a link to “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Do we smell a high profile collaboration on the horizon?
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