Gotye (featuring Kimbra)’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” is a powerful, stirring song as well as a visually interesting video that amply fits and accompanies the song’s rich lull to swell. I love the change in the singer’s voice from soft-to-high. Very strong impact and a subject matter many can relate to.
Gotye aka Wouter “Wally” De Backer (born 21 May 1980) is a Belgian-Australian multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter.
Gotye has released three studio albums independently and one remix album featuring remixes of tracks from his first two albums. De Backer is also one-third of Melbourne indie-pop band The Basics, who have independently released three studio albums and numerous other titles since 2002.
He has won five ARIA Awards and received a nomination for an MTV EMA for Best Asia and Pacific Act.
“Somebody That I Used To Know” comes off Gotye’s third studio album – Making Mirrors which was released on 19 August 2011. For those Stateside, we get a chance to buy this album starting January 31, 2012 and not at import prices… thank goodness. I buy imports only when I have to. Give Gotye some love and pick up his album. It’s on pre-order sale for $13.16 right now at Amazon.com. If you pre-order you are eligible for Amazon’s Pre-order Price Guarantee which covers the item being ordered. If the Amazon.com price decreases between the time you place your order and the end of the day of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price. 🙂
Special Notes about this song:
Gotye revealed that the second single from the album, “Somebody That I Used to Know”, was not lyrically the result of a single break-up. “It wasn’t about one specific relationship,” explained De Backer in an interview, “but it was definitely drawn from various experiences I’ve had in relationships breaking up, and in the parts of the more reflective parts of the song, in the after-math and the memory of those different relationships and what they were and how they broke up and what’s going on in everyone’s minds. Yeah, so it’s an amalgam of different feelings but not completely made up as such.”
(Taken from Wikipedia)