Friday, September 2, 2011

Jukebox Friday: Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)

I'm still trying to get back on track after an intensive wedding week. Until then, here's another Jukebox Friday.

Wouter De Backer was born in Bruges in 1980 and moved to Australia as a child. He cut his teeth as a musician playing in bands such as Downstares, where he was the drummer and creative force, and The Basics.

After unexpectedly receiving a large LP collection from an elderly neighbour whose wife had passed away, De Backer began experimenting with sampling. This resulted in a solo project he eventually named Gotye (pronounced "gore-ti-yeah"). The name is an alternative spelling of Gaultier, the French form of Wouter.

De Backer's first solo album, Boardface, was released in 2003. It was followed in 2006 by his breakthrough album Like Drawing Blood. That album scored two hits on the Australian Triple J Hottest 100, in addition to receiving the number 11 spot on the 2011 Triple J Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time.

Gotye's long-anticipated third studio album, Making Mirrors, was released on August 19, 2011. Reviews are favourable, with The Hearld Sun stating that
"Bronte" and "Giving Me a Chance" are the latest in a long line of beautiful, visual songs begging to soundtrack the pivotal scene in a movie that's yet to be made.
This week's Jukebox pick, "Somebody That I Used To Know", is the second and lead single from Making Mirrors. It features New Zealand-born singer Kimbra, whose debut album happened to come out last week. The song has a distinctive 90s feel to it. Are we in for a full-scale revival?

"Somebody That I Used To Know" is already a number one hit in both Australia and Belgium, and has been endorsed on Twitter by celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher and Lily Allen. That probably didn't hurt the sales too much.

The captivating video features Gotye, Kimbra, and a whole lot of paint. It was directed, produced and edited by Natasha Pincus.




Now and then I think of when we were together
Like when you said you felt so happy you could die
Told myself that you were right for me
But felt so lonely in your company
But that was love and it's an ache I still remember

You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness
Like resignation to the end
Always the end
So when we found that we could not make sense
Well you said that we would still be friends
But I'll admit that I was glad that it was over

But you didn't have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened
And that we were nothing
And I don't even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger
And that feels so rough
You didn't have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records
And then change your number
I guess that I don't need that though
Now you're just somebody that I used to know

Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me over
But had me believing it was always something that I'd done
And I don't wanna live that way
Reading into every word you say
You said that you could let it go
And I wouldn't catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know...

But you didn't have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened
And that we were nothing
And I don't even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger
And that feels so rough
You didn't have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records
And then change your number
I guess that I don't need that though
Now you're just somebody that I used to know

I used to know
That I used to know

Somebody...

2 comments:

  1. 2 weeks ago I really wanted to know the Hot Shot of Studio Brussel. It turned out to be this song...with a nice video clip, which tells the story very well, I think...

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