Now while most people probably can’t say they have even heard of a man by the name of Wouter “Wally” De Backer, most people these days have heard of him by his stage name, Gotye. Or at the very least a few verses of the current smash single, “Somebody that I Used to Know” which seems to be everywhere, as well as his new release, “Making Mirrors”.
“Mirrors” is the third release from the Belgian born Australian singer/songwriter and the LP has already seen critical success on the Australian charts. Being certified two times platinum by ARIA Album Charts, which made it the most successful Australian album of 2011.
Most people have heard the song or have seen the video for the song, “Somebody That I Used to Know” which features an appearance by New Zealand artist, Kimbra. The video went viral over the last few weeks, and has inspired some amazing covers, but there are plenty more gems on the album than just the one.
Gotye’s Don’t Worry We’ll Be Watching
Opening things up on the disc, Gotye quickly sets the mood with the short title track, “Making Mirrors” which then flows effortlessly into the song “Easy Way Out”. A track that almost has a retro 80’s feel to it, with the slinky guitars and catchy beats, plus song also showcases Gotye’s voice. His voice, which can only be described as a hybrid of equal parts Peter Gabriel and Sting, as it goes from whisper soft to a beautiful falsetto and it seems that just as quickly as that song catches your ear, it ends and segues into the next track, the hit “Somebody I Used to Know”. A song about a love affair ended and the feelings left behind from both parties perspective, which is something almost everyone can relate to, at least some level.
From there the rest of the album is a solid piece of work, highlighted by tracks like the jazzy “Smoke and Mirrors”, or the almost cinematic & upbeat “I Feel Better”, the tracks seem to range from dark and somber, to upbeat and infections. With each song, Gotye seems to defy allowing himself to be pigeon holed into a specific genre of music, as can be heard on “State of the Art”, which utilizes a bit more electronica that the rest of the album and vocal effects that almost make the track resemble something close to a dub step-type song.
From the first track to the last, Gotye takes you on a journey through what seems like his tortured soul, from the very depths and back again.
Written By Christina Lawler