Gotye - Making Mirrors
Label: Universal Republic – B0016449-01
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Released: 31 Jan 2012
Genre: Electronic, Pop, Rock
Style: Downtempo, Trip Hop, Indie Rock
A1 Making Mirrors 1:01
A2 Easy Way Out 1:57
A3 Somebody That I Used To Know
Vocals – Kimbra 4:05
A4 Eyes Wide Open 3:11
B1 Smoke And Mirrors 5:13
B2 I Feel Better 3:18
B3 In Your Light 4:39
C1 State Of The Art 5:21
C2 Don't Worry, We'll Be Watching You 3:18
D1 Giving Me A Chance 3:06
D2 Save Me 3:52
D3 Bronte 3:13
2011 Samples 'N' Seconds Records Pty Ltd under exclusive license to Universal Repoublic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., 1755 Broadway, New York, NY 10019. Distributed by Universal Music Distribution.
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The Australian singer Gotye won three Grammys in 2013 including record of the year for his heartbreak hit Somebody That I Used to Know featuring New Zealand singer Kimbra.
Gotye (pronounced: go-ti-yay) is the stage moniker of Belgium-born Wally de Backer, who moved to Australia at a young age and it is there that he built his musical career. Gotye has been at it for a number of years as part of the Aussie band the Basics but also issuing several solo albums: in 2003 there was "Boardface" and in 2006 "Like Drawing Blood" (remixed the next year as "Mixed Blood"). Now after a 5 year absence comes the new album. If you're not familiar with the sound of Gotye, the best comparison I can think of would be a strangely appealing mix of Beck, George Michael and Seal, if you can believe that.
"Making Mirrors" (originally released in August, 2011; 12 tracks; 42 min.) starts off with the 1 min. appetizer that is the title track, only then then dive into "Easy Way Out". The third track is "Somebody That I Used to Know", a duet with New Zealand singer Kimbra, and the single that has propelled this album out of obscurity last year into a megahit in Australia and Europe (check out also the video of this song, not to be missed!).
"Smoke and Mirrors" is an irresitable stomper. "I Feel Better" sounds like Motown-revisted. "Don't Worry, We'll Be Watching You" is a reggae tune. The musical flavors are all over on this album, and as a result this is a very diverse-sounding and immensly enjoyable Gotye album.
I'm shocked at how good each song is, and equally shocked to read a review on here that says something along the lines of each song sounding the same. I don't think that could be further from the truth! Gotye skips genres or at least influences from one song to the next. Easy Way Out reminds me of a Beck jam, Somebody that I Used to Know could be any one of a great many songwriters.
The lyrics are pure and honest, production is sparse at first... and grows as the song progresses with a powerhouse vocal performance on the choruses. Equally powerful vocals on the next track, Eyes Wide Open, which reminds me possibly of Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music.
The next two tracks take a very positive and upbeat turn. I Feel Better sounds like Motown at it's best/happiest with it's synthesized horns and vocals in the vein of Smokey Robinson. In Your Light is equally ebullient with horns and a lively vocal and peppy keyboards. After that, State of the Art is a hilarious track with astounding production that reminds me of Ween's very best work.
The next (Don't Worry... We'll Be Watching) is a spare electronica track with a gorgeous creeping bassline and foggy electric sounds behind. The last 3 tracks all have a beautiful melancholy to them but all have their own flow.
The closer Bronte is a beautifully emotional piece indicative of what Gotye seems best at - taking a somewhat simple or typical subject and creating a gorgeous piece of music out of.
Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
This song keeps breaking my heart in a beautiful way.
Gotye - Easy Way Out
Gotye - Eyes Wide Open
He sounds like Sting and Peter Gabriel
Gotye - Bronte
official film clip
He takes the simplest, most basic building blocks of a song and places them at the core of the music, weaving simply effective layers around those.