New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Universal Republic Records Publicity)
Ask Belgian-born Gotye about his new album Making Mirrors (Fairfax Recordings/Universal Republic), out this winter, and he'll speak not of songs, but of sounds. Listen to Making Mirrors and you'll be drawn in by the details, transported to a world where every moment matters.
"Gotye's exemplary pop sense may be the big revelation of Making Mirrors, yet it's his arty restlessness that will continue to keep him interesting."
This October, Gotye will be coming to the US for select dates in Los Angeles and New York City, including his debut at CMJ. Pitchfork recently stated "Gotye's exemplary pop sense may be the big revelation of Making Mirrors, yet it's his arty restlessness that will continue to keep him interesting."
Already, Making Mirrors, which received four stars from Rolling Stone, is making waves thanks to stunning first single "Somebody That I Used To Know," (featuring guest vocals by New Zealand singer Kimbra) which is currently nestled in the Australian Top 10. Even more impressive, Gotye received seven ARIA nominations, which were announced this week, that include Single of the Year, Best Pop Release and Best Male Artist. Additionally he was awarded an ARIA in the following categories: Best Video, Engineer of the Year and Producer of the Year. Within three weeks of its striking stop-frame, body-painting video being posted on YouTube, praised lead single received more than two million hits and made it to No.1 on the Hype Machine Twitter chart. To date, the track has over 10 million views on YouTube; check it out HERE.
Making Mirrorswas created over the duration of more than two and a half years. To write and record its dozen intricate songs, Gotye (pronounced Gauthier) moved from Melbourne to a barn on his parents' remote land in Australia's Mornington Peninsula. There, he had the space to permanently set up his growing array of instruments and recording equipment, and found the isolation that allowed for hours of sonic experimentation and recording at any time of the day.
The giant sounding record was almost entirely composed and recorded by Gotye (real name Walter De Backer). He plays an assortment of instruments including drums, percussion, bass, guitar, organ, and synthesizers, as well as taking the reins on all vocal duties and production. His background as a drummer is evident in the intricate percussive touches.
Gotye first found fame in his native Australia with his second album, 2006's Like Drawing Blood. The national tastemaker radio station Triple J named it their "Album of the Year," as did iTunes on its release in Europe
It's follow up, Making Mirrors, is pop at its most precise, but also electronic music at its most emotional. The record delves into dub, Detroit-era Motown soul, stadium-size politi-pop, synth-folk and world music on glorious, sprawling, huge-hearted songs.
Audiences are sure to fall in love with Gotye's quirky, artful aesthetic and the album's delightful nuances.
Check out the Making ofMaking Mirrors video HERE
North American Tour Dates:
October 18 Los Angeles @ The Satellite
October 20 New York, NY @ Thompson Hotel
October 21 New York, NY @ Santo's Party House
October 22 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
October 24 Toronto, ONT @ Wrong Bar