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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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!

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  • paul

    it’s Bob Mortimer

  • http://mynameisurl paul

    it’s Bob Mortimer

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    No, it’s Wally De Backer! :-D

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    No, it’s Wally De Backer! :-D

  • Aaron

    It’s hardly life changing, but I do like this. It’s good quality pop music. It’s a pity our (the uk’s) pop music isn’t like this. It remind me of kid koala quite a bit, yeah. I keep a look out for this album should it travel across the world to follow in the footstep of pop princess natalie umbrumliunglia. Right, I’m off to put on some kid koala. ;)

  • Aaron

    It’s hardly life changing, but I do like this. It’s good quality pop music. It’s a pity our (the uk’s) pop music isn’t like this. It remind me of kid koala quite a bit, yeah. I keep a look out for this album should it travel across the world to follow in the footstep of pop princess natalie umbrumliunglia. Right, I’m off to put on some kid koala. ;)

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Yeah, there’s that paradox; good quality pop music!

    Anyway, I’m gonna check out the whole album. I’ll post again in a weeks time with my thoughts.

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Yeah, there’s that paradox; good quality pop music!

    Anyway, I’m gonna check out the whole album. I’ll post again in a weeks time with my thoughts.

  • http://eashfa.wordpress.com/ Linda

    I love this. This is pop? Then what the hell is Girls Aloud. Or are we being Kant-like here and saying that a system of values translates differently from one culture to another? :o Australia for President! (IMHO)

  • http://eashfa.wordpress.com/ Linda

    I love this. This is pop? Then what the hell is Girls Aloud. Or are we being Kant-like here and saying that a system of values translates differently from one culture to another? :o Australia for President! (IMHO)

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Well, it crosses many genres and is generally “easy listening”, hence the ‘slight’ comparison to pop music. Although I did name drop DJ Shadow and Jamie Lidell as comparisons too!

    I’ve now listened to the whole album and can confirm it is great. I’ll post up a full review next week.

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Well, it crosses many genres and is generally “easy listening”, hence the ‘slight’ comparison to pop music. Although I did name drop DJ Shadow and Jamie Lidell as comparisons too!

    I’ve now listened to the whole album and can confirm it is great. I’ll post up a full review next week.

  • http://fortunegrey.com/ matt

    Gotye’s great isn’t he. I chatted to him for my show on FBI in Sydney last night… Sounds like it’s a mix between The Avalanches and Phil Collins, but in a good way, though from chatting to him, I think Wally’d think that is a good way.

  • http://fortunegrey.com matt

    Gotye’s great isn’t he. I chatted to him for my show on FBI in Sydney last night… Sounds like it’s a mix between The Avalanches and Phil Collins, but in a good way, though from chatting to him, I think Wally’d think that is a good way.

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Hi Matt, thanks for the comment.

    His sound is definitely a hard one to pigeon-hole – I think Wally was right when he called it alternative-pop. The only thing that remotely relates his music to ‘pop’ is the fact that it’s easy-listening. Certainly a fair few levels above your average pop music!!!

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Hi Matt, thanks for the comment.

    His sound is definitely a hard one to pigeon-hole – I think Wally was right when he called it alternative-pop. The only thing that remotely relates his music to ‘pop’ is the fact that it’s easy-listening. Certainly a fair few levels above your average pop music!!!

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