That Guy You Used To Know but should know better will play a show in New Delhi early next year.
You know that song you’ve been singing pretty much all of this year about the most painful break-up of your life that didn’t even happen to you? The one about being scorned, burned in love, and treated like a stranger? I’ll admit I sang it once, when it was playing on the radio. And I don’t know all the lyrics. But, these guys do, and I think their actions pretty much define what happens to unsuspecting people every time the first bars of ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ begin playing.
Dutch-Australian multi-instrumentalist and indie pop artist Gotye‘s chart-topping single “Somebody That I Used To Know” is undoubtedly 2012′s best-remembered post-break-up song. It’s the ‘The Sign‘ (remember Ace Of Base?), the ‘Don’t Speak‘, the ‘You Oughta Know‘ of the social media age. Now, how did a song filled with such gory details of a tormented soul and a failed relationship ever become such a singalong? How did it manage to inspire countless cover versions on YouTube? Why can’t I get it out of my head right now? Well, for starts, it’s got one of the catchiest melodies to permeate ear canals in the last few years. It’s sort of a duet (those went out of fashion a long time ago), with none other than Kiwi singer-songwriter Kimbra, and there’s a xylophone in it. Yeah, a xylophone. Believe.
Come 2013, Gotye will be making his way to India. As part of Oz Fest, on February 6, 2013, at the Blue Frog, Delhi, fans can look forward to the total Gotye live experience, complete with performances of all the hits from his three studio albums.
2011′s Making Mirrors won Gotye an Album Of The Year award at the 2012 ARIA Music Awards, Artist Of The Year in 2011, and lead single ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ took away five other awards at the same 2011 ceremony including Single Of The Year and Best Pop Release. Yesterday, the album and single were nominated for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and the coveted Record Of The Year award at the upcoming 55th Annual Grammy Awards. For an artist that has only released music independently, Gotye seems to have set a new precedent for crossover success.
However, knowing Gotye for ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is like knowing The Police for ‘Every Breath You Take’. Three studio albums worth of absolute pop gold are what have cemented Gotye’s name as one the leading indie pop performers in the world. Songs like ‘I Feel Better’, ‘Eyes Wide Open’, ‘The Only Thing I know’, and ‘Smoke And Mirrors’ serve to explain how diverse Gotye’s music can be in terms of instrumentation, lyrical themes, and overall avant-garde sensibility.
If reviews of Gotye’s live performances are anything to go by, fans are in for a treat. Tickets for the Blue Frog show will be available in early January.
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In the mean time, check out this video of an enthralling live performance by Gotye, and check back here for more details soon.