Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye
Long one of the most talented performers in Australia, Gotye, or Wouter de Backer as he is otherwise known, became one of the first global music superstars of this decade after the success of his 2011 duet with Kimbra, Somebody That I Used to Know.
Of course the path that Gotye took to get to that release spanned a better part of a decade, beginning at his parents house in Australia shortly after the turn of the century. There were several years of acclaim from Australians and Triple J radio station that were interdispersed with a continued indifference abroad as his musical offerings became more and more sophisticated. Eventually, he began to win Australian awards for his music and it was on his second effort at putting out an album that Somebody That I Used to Know came forth.
Engineered By Francois Tetaz, putting the song together as a production required quite some doing. The original choice for female co-vocalist ended up apparently accepting the challenge and then deciding to back out of it later, leaving Gotye to have to continue to look for the perfect compliment to his vocals. Kimbra, a vivacious New Zealander proved to be the correct choice for the role and they spent quite a bit of time rehearsing prior to the final release of the song. The song was released in 2011 in Australia in conjunction with a yearly outdoor music festival that Gotye planned to perform at. It quickly became legend that during the festival, fans that had the recently released single played the song everywhere through the festival grounds to show their interest in having Gotye play the song with the full complement of artists contained on the recording. That is what certainly happened. It was shortly after that the video for the single was released.
The video features a naked Gotye against a white backdrop that is soon filled with different colors that form a modern art painting using stop-action animation. After his body is completely painted, he is joined by a naked Kimbra, who already painted, sings her part of the duet. Directed by Natasha Pincus, the video has already become one of the most watched videos of all time on the internet. According to Natasha, taking an amazing song and then adding an artistic backdrop were two key elements of the video’s success. The other integral part, according to her was the performance of both artists, Gotye and Kimbra. The fact that their performance was as great from an acting standpoint as that of any true stage performer, made all of the difference in the world.