How do you pronounce Gotye? What even is a Gotye? Where did Gotye come from and why is the song “Somebody That I Used to Know” played everywhere, despite the bad grammar in the title? Why is everyone from suburban moms to 15-year old boys crazy about Gotye? I’ve researched all of this for you. Oh, and I’ve listened to the new album, “Making Mirrors,” 14 times since I bought it a week ago (thanks to iTunes for keeping track of obsessive tendencies).
First things first: the pronunciation. When this strange word appeared on my car radio, I nearly drove off the road trying to make sense of the five random letters. I finally satisfied myself by deciding that Gotye was pronounced something like got ya. It’s like he just pulled a prank on someone- got ya!
Then I consulted a source of unfailingly accurate information: Wikipedia. According to Wiki, Gotye is actually pronounced go-tea-yay. My little mnemonic to remember that was to think about being excited about someone’s facial hair (“Goatee- yay!”). Alternatively, it could be encouraging words for a teaching assistant (“Go, T.A.!”).
Alas, according to Gotye’s very own website, both of those pronunciations are incorrect. It’s actually pronounced gore-ti-yeah. That doesn’t really lend itself to any fun associations, so even though I’m inclined to believe this last source, I may still use my own pronunciation (in my head anyway).
Now, who is Gotye? He’s a 31-year old from Australia, and this is his third album, so he didn’t quite pop out of nowhere like it seems. The massive popularity and radio play of “Somebody That I Used to Know” has definitely catapulted him into the spotlight, though. Last week he made his U.S. television debut on Jimmy Kimmel. And the meaning of Gotye? It’s the French translation of his name, Walter (he goes by Wally). Don’t you feel like you practically know him?
“Making Mirrors” is really eclectic. If you are expecting all of the songs to sound like “Somebody That I Used to Know,” you may be disappointed. I admit that I thought “Making Mirrors” was a little weird when I first listened to it, but not in a bad way that made me want to stop listening. With only a few exceptions, I really liked the album. The songs are SO diverse that it seems almost impossible for a single person to like all 12 of them.
I tend to like the more up-tempo songs on the “Making Mirrors” (“Easy Way Out,” “Somebody That I Used to Know,” “Eyes Wide Open” and “In Your Light”). There are a couple songs that are a bit too sleepy or strange for me, and there is one that sounds like it might be covering something that The Partridge Family might have played (“I Feel Better”). Again, the key word is eclectic.
I always enjoy listening to something different, and "Making Mirrors" certainly was. Here is the video for “Somebody That I Used to Know”- I don’t really understand what the video has to do with the song, but it’s kind of cool anyway. Enjoy!
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