The Wizard of Oz
A wizard with a sampler and Oz as in Australia. I am talking about someone that a lot of Australia seems to be talking about, but I hate to see the rest of the world miss out. I'm talking bout Gotye, apparently pronounced Go-tee-yeah. Gotye is 25-year-old Wally De Backer from Melbourne, Australia. He plays a multitude of instruments, can sing, and also produces all of his music from the the very house he lives in. On his MySpace page he lists his genres as alternative/electronica/indie, but also cheekily claims to be an alt-pop meister. Gotye is another of the new breed of artists that combine creativity with pop music (hard to believe, I know). His sound is extremely diverse and touches on many genres and influences.
As like many newly discovered artists, Gotye is much of an enigma, although his latest album Like Drawing Blood is the current featured album of the week on Triple J – this is in-fact where I first heard of him. Gotye's following seems to be increasing all the time, but I just wonder how far away from the shores of Australia his sound will hit. History tells us that only the lucky, and usually rocky, artists do well abroad from Australia – although I wont be too quick to dismiss the pop careers of the Minogues, Natalie Imbruglia or any other ex-soap stars I cant remember the names of.
Unfortunately I am yet to hear the full album, but have heard the tracks off of his MySpace page, two tracks are available for you to 'sample' at the following link…
Gotye – A Distinctive Sound / Gotye – Thanks For Your Time
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This download is a sample of the music only and must be deleted from your computer within 24 hours of downloading. This download link will expire on 1st June.
It's difficult to describe his sound – some tracks remind me of Jamie Lidell, while others perhaps of DJ Shadow or Kid Koala. But, you should definitely listen to his tracks all the way through, really give them a good go before judging. More tracks are available on his website and MySpace page.
I'd be really interested to know what people think, and also if anyone not living in Australia has already heard of Gotye. One thing's for sure, he'll definitely be popular in Australia, well, he pretty much already is!