Exposure: Somebody That You Need to Know
Wouter “Wally” De Backer, otherwise known by his stage name “Gotye,” is on the indie stardom rise. His third independent studio album, Making Mirrors, released in August of 2011, features some incredibly calming, eclectic, rock/popish and semi-electric songs that deal with personal reflection, introspection, and perspective. The most recognizable is his chart topper and YouTube video sensation (over 101,300,000 views),”Somebody That I Used to Know” featuring New Zealand singer-songwriter Kimbra. But the Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter is good for more than just an incredibly beautiful and relatable song, his exquisite vocals and alluring lyrics mixed with his interesting music compositions are present in all of his songs, though in my opinion are particularly noticeable in “Eyes Wide Open,” “Smoke and Mirrors,” “I Feel Better,” and “Bronte.”
Though only recently receiving international prominence, the 31 year old artist has been making music for more than a decade. His first album, “Boardface,” which draws primarily on sampling, was released in 2003, and his second album, “Like Drawing Blood,” which features more of his own style, was released in 2006.
Now, for those of you who wish to see him in concert, he is playing in Boston on March 29th at the House of Blues. Unfortunately, that show along with the rest of his North American tour dates, save the Pease Auditorium at Eastern Michigan University on April 2, 2012, have been sold out.
His latest music video for “Easy Way Out” was released February 28th: