We’ll be honest – we watched the video for “Easy Way Out” first before we even touched the album. At the same time, we’re not sorry or the least bit embarrassed because it was the song that made us pick up the album.
Belgian-Australian multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter Wouter “Wally” De Backer aka Gotye has a lot to brag about. His “Somebody That I Used To Know” gained a crazy amount of airplay and over 290,000,000 YouTube video views since it was released. To say that it was a smash hit would be a sore understatement. But we refuse to admit that that’s the song that caught our attention in the first place.
(It was easy to ignore repeated plays on the radio)
“Easy Way Out” did it for us. Seriously, just check out the trippy video:
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Gotye (pronounced “goat-ee-ay”) released his album, “Making Mirrors” in 2001. It wasn’t his first album, but it was the cincher that made him achieve international success. We’re not sure how to place a genre on the album, having heard it a few times. It’s safe to say that it sits somewhere between alternative and hipster.
And no, “hipster” is not a bad word.
As a matter of fact, songs like “State Of The Art” is especially refreshing coming from an artiste like him. Some say it’s his attempt at an electronic songs (it comes complete with a fixed beat and obviously auto-tuned voice) but we like how it stands out from the rest of the songs.
Other songs also kept us going, proving that he’s no “one hit wonder”. We loved “I Feel Better” because it has an old school feel to it. Classic-sounding, if not groovy:
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The entire compilation of songs on “Making Mirrors” is perfect for a road trip – you know, the type that will accompany you on long drives, the type that will make you sing along shamelessly in a traffic jam while ducking weird looks from drivers around you. Hey, don’t judge!
Dare we say it’s worth picking up from the nearest music store? Go for it!