At last night’s Grammy awards (February 10, 2013), Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ brought home two awards (and the album Making Mirrors also took one home), for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo / Group Performance (the song features vocals from Kimbra). So what made this song, from a relative unknown, so hugely popular?
‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ was originally released back in 2011 on the Australia label Eleven Music. Recording company Giant Universal soon caught a whiff of its potential though and re-released the track, which has slowly wormed its way into public consciousness. In fact, it’s so firmly lodged in the global consciousness, that the song, from the unassuming Australian-Belgian songwriter has now sold over 10 million copies worldwide, with 7 million copies shifted in the US alone. Can you name any other Gotye songs though? Nope, us neither. But we know this one inside out.
This is a curious case of the appeal of the song being in the song itself and not the artist, it would seem. We’ll bet the majority of our readers could hum a bit of ‘Somebody That We Used To Know,’ but could you pick Gotye’s Wouter De Backer out of a line-up? We thought not. ‘Somebody That We Used To Know’ truly is a miracle of word of mouth and the power of song. With a little bit of celebrity endorsement along the way that is.
The nominations for the 55th Grammy Award Nominations in 2013 have officially been announced by the award's organisers. Here’s a run down of some of the main awards, and our tips for Grammy's Glory.
Album Of The Year:
El Camino — The Black Keys
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Following the success of the over-played Gotye track on which Kimbra featured, New Zealand born vocalist Kimbra Lee Johnson's own musical endeavours are not quite as cohesive and consistent - as Vows, a confusing and hit and miss album of multiple musical personalities, proves...
'Settle Down' opens with multi-tracked rhythmic vocals accompanying Kimbra's luscious soulful vocal melody, later with gentle suggestions of tabla and bass. The track builds with clapping before the rhythmic percussive accompaniment kicks in, then eventually piano and bass. The blend sounds something akin to the eclectic sound of Guillemots, and the vocal style bares many similarities to Bjork. The drum opening of 'Something In The Way You Are' places emphasis on rhythmic accompaniment rather than chordal, which really highlights its melody and Kimbra's smooth, sexy, whispered vocal tone. With its synth chords and electronic beat, 'Cameo Lover' initially offers a different kind of sound, nodding to the likes of Frankmusik, though soon returns to the familiar, soulful pop vibe previously suggested, complete with pounding snare and shaking tambourine. So far, nothing stands out.
Through to the Sade-esque 'Two Way Street', there's already a feeling of meandering songwriting that's not really memorable. 'Old Flame' contrasts low sultry vocal over moody low-pitched synths during the verses with a higher pitched chorus backed by held synth strings chords; during the second verse, however, the snare is irritatingly strong and dominant, and though the track starts off promising with a moody and atmospheric vibe, the chorus is whiney and, once again, meandering.
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Kimbra Thursday 29th October 2009 1st Annual Art Awards by Calvin Klein New York, USA