Adele better watch her back because it looks like someone’s after her throne in the Breakup Song monarchy.
Australian multi-instrumental musician, Gotye (aka Wouter “Wally” De Backer) has been making noise for over a decade, but didn’t really start to make a racket until last summer when his incredibly personal “Somebody That I Used To Know” was released. While the song and its hosting album Making Mirrors aren’t yet physically available in North America (but will be January 31 2012), “Somebody That I Used To Know” still managed to spread like influenza through that thing we call the Internet, and the song’s YouTube video garnered over 39 million views.
So what is it about Gotye that’s so enticing? Look no further than his tremendously intimate and vulnerable lyrics, as “Somebody” chronicles his feelings about the transition from “boyfriend” to a complete stranger:
No, you didn’t have to stoop so low / Have your friends collect you records / And then change your number / Guess that I don’t need that though / Now you’re just somebody that I used to know
Ouch. The song also features New Zealand artist, Kimbra, voicing the other party’s opinions on the break-up, which allows the song to gain appeal amongst both genders. The video compliments the emotions of the song flawlessly, with “Gotye” camouflaging into the geometric pattern on the wall, rendering him invisible or “just somebody that Kimbra used to know”.
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