Belgian born, Australian raised musician Gotye aka Wally De Backer, exploded on to the scene with his hit single “Somebody That I Used to Know” featuring Kimbra, off his 2011 album Making Mirrors. Most have written him off as a one hit wonder, but if his live show is any indication, Gotye is a master in the art of music.
Gotye played at Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre earlier this month, and anyone who attended can attest to his musical genius. There were all kinds of drums and percussion instruments spread across the stage and Gotye moved from one to the next throughout the entire performance, not to mention charming the crowd on his guitar, never allowing for a dull moment. He mostly played tracks off Making Mirrors, including “Smoke and Mirrors, “Easy Way Out,” and “Giving Me a Chance,” but also included material from his earlier albums, Boardface (2003) and Like Drawing Blood (2006). His vocals are often compared to the likes of Peter Gabriel and Sting, and his music has a heavy 80s influence. But what sets him apart is how he puts the music and the sounds together: it’s complex yet so carefully put together that it can only be described as music to everyone’s ears. Each track was accompanied by a mini movie playing in the background, anything from cartoons, to pictures to clips from his own music videos. His band was full of energy and stood out just as much as he did in their performances. It was the perfect amount of sensory overload.
Gotye will continue his North American tour and then head to Europe in October. Seeing him live is a completely different experience than listening to his albums, so if you’re able to catch a show, you won’t regret it. Making Mirrors is available for download on iTunes, and certainly worth a listen or two. Or three.