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Video Of The Week: Gotye “Somebody That I Used To Know”

posted March 23, 2012, 8:04 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Video | comment 6 Comments

Tags: Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye Somebody That I Used To Know, Kimbra, Gotye

Ok so if you haven’t yet seen this music video, you are one of the only few that haven’t.  Currently having over 120 million views, it is the 3rd most popular and viewed YouTube video at the moment.  Of course I am referring to the brilliant and one of a kind hit single “Somebody That I Used To Know”, by Gotye, featuring Kimbra.  Gotye (pronounced Gauthier) first found fame in his native Australia with his second album, 2006’s Like Drawing Blood. Radio station Triple J named it their album of the year, as did iTunes on its release in Europe in 2008. It was recently voted the 11th greatest Australian album of all time. In Britain, Like Drawing Blood became a cult hit while in the States, it made waves after Drew Barrymore fell in love with single Learnalilgivinanlovin’ and used it in several of her films.

Making Mirrors, its extraordinary follow-up, was more than two and a half years in the making. To write and record its dozen sumptuous songs, Gotye moved from Melbourne to a barn on his parents’ remote five hectare block on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. There, he had the space to permanently set up his growing array of instruments and recording equipment, and found the isolation that allowed for sonic experimentation and recording at any time of the day.

It was just announced yesterday that he will soon be making his first Saturday Night Live appearance.


6 Responses to “Video Of The Week: Gotye “Somebody That I Used To Know””

  1. Dennis Scanland dscanland on March 23rd, 2012 8:31 am

    Amazing song. Kimbra adds some nice dynamics to Gotye’s singing style. Great pick Ben!

  2. Charles Martel CharlesMartel on March 23rd, 2012 10:35 am

    Gotye isn’t Australian – he’s Belgian

  3. Ben Oliver iamparadox on March 23rd, 2012 11:53 am

    Wiki says Belgian-Austrialian–go figure!

  4. Charles Martel CharlesMartel on March 24th, 2012 3:15 am

    Born in Belgium, now lives in Melbourne Australia. Ah, the perils of international travel :)

  5. Ben Oliver iamparadox on March 24th, 2012 12:20 pm

    How’s the rest of the album, has anyone listened to it yet?

  6. Charles Martel CharlesMartel on March 24th, 2012 2:56 pm

    It’s patchy. STIUTK is the stand out track by far

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