I was getting ready for work one morning. The television just so happened to be on. I never pay attention to anything coming out of that box before 9am. Suddenly, I heard a man singing to me. No, actually he was seducing me. I looked up and was awkwardly transfixed by an unknown naked man singing on my television screen. That voice, with echoes of Sting and Peter Gabriel, was timeless. This music video, vivid yet succinct in its simplicity, kept my eyes glued to it. A woman joins in singing, such a beautiful contrast to the man’s voice. What on Earth was I watching? Who was this singing? And why did it take me this long to discover it?
“Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra is the longest running #1 song in Australian history, and was also a US Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit single earlier this year. Gotye (pronounced GO-te-yae) is the recording name for Wouter De Backer, a Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter who released his brilliant third album, Making Mirrors last fall. The name Gotye is derived from “Gaultier” which is the French equivalent of the singer’s first name “Wouter.” Featured singer Kimbra is a New Zealand singer-songwriter.
Since that morning this week, I have been completely spellbound by Gotye. My Spotify is having a torrid love affair with him and his entire Making Mirrors album. Press play below and join me by falling in love too.