After the sweeping success of his 2006 album Like Drawing Blood, Australian singer, songwriter and drummer Gotye (born Walter De Backer) decided to take a break and put his solo career on hold for a while. He spent the next three years mainly recording and touring with Melbourne-based indie rock band The Basics, who have also enjoyed widespread success across Australia.
Finally, last March Gotye released his first new original song in four years, “Eyes Wide Open”, and announced that he was working on an album to be released before the end of the year. Anticipation for the new album, Making Mirrors, is at fever pitch following the release of Gotye’s heart-stopping new single “Somebody That I Used To Know (Featuring Kimbra)” which is currently the #1 most played song on Australian radio Triple J and #4 on the iTunes Singles Chart.
As a bonus here’s a gorgeous ambient remix of Gotye’s 2007 hit single “Heart’s a Mess”. This re-work comes courtesy of Sydney-base electronica trio RÜFÜS, a young combo that has been making huge waves in Australia and abroad in the past few months.
RÜFÜS - Trent's A Mess
In support of his new album, Gotye has just announced that he will be touring Australia with a brand new 10-piece orchestra, who will recreate Gotye’s unique, sample-laden music in a completely live setting. The tour will kick off in August and last till December. Check out all the dates and venues on Gotye’s official website or MySpace. Don’t forget that you can buy all of Gotye’s music and pre-order the new album on
Australian singer, songwriter and drummer Gotye (born Walter De Backer) had been away for over three years already, mainly recording and touring with Melbourne-based indie rock band The Basics, but he’s finally back with new material.
The single “Eyes Wide Open” is based on the sound of a musical fence, sampled somewhere in the Outback, and it is inspired by Wally’s experience of performing in this lonely wasteland and tasting this feeling of utter isolation. The result is an epic piece of drum-driven indie pop extravaganza, with a surprising guest star: pedal steel. I bet you didn’t see that coming!
Gotye - Eyes Wide Open
Gotye is currently working on his third solo album, which will hopefully be out by the end of this year. We can only hope that it will all be as good as this first single! But if you really can’t wait, here’s a little something for you. Listen to a super chilled out remix of Gotye’s biggest hit to date “Heart’s a Mess”. This song really helped put Gotye on the map, even reaching #8 in indie radio Triple J’s 100 Hottest tracks of 2006.
Gotye - Heart's A Mess (Lull Remix)
And another one for the road… Listen to Passion Pit‘s remix of the other single taken off Gotye’s sophomore album Like Drawing Blood. They give “Learalilgivinanllovin” a good pump and we like it!
Gotye - Learnalilgivinanlovin' (Passion Pit Remix)
For news, videos and more music, go to Gotye’s official website or MySpace. Buy all of Gotye’s music on
Born in Belgium but raised in Australia, Gotye (pronounce go-tee-yeah) is the alter ego of Walter De Backer. He has released two studio albums independently, Boardface (2003) and Like Drawing Blood (2006), and one remix album titled Mixed Blood (2007). Singer, songwriter and drummer, Wally is also one-third of Melbourne indie-pop band The Basics, who have released three studio albums since 2002.
Gotye - Heart's A Mess
As of 2009, Gotye is still performing with The Basics and working on a third album, currently in production. There is no release date yet…
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