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Music Monday: Gotye

Good morning, all!  Hope you enjoyed the weekend.  I did not- I was in a drug-induced stupor trying to fight off the terrible cold I came down with.  I feel way better today.  I’m getting there slowly but surely.  I’ve been rocking out to today’s MM artist for the past few weeks, and his music definitely kept me company this weekend.

He goes by the name Gotye (pronounced GORE-tee-yay, according to the interwebs), and he brings a fun, groovy mix of rock and pop that is highly listenable.

Born in Belgium, Gotye (Born Wouter De Backer) was raised in Australia and showed early signs of musical ability.  He had an affinity for the drums, but also studied piano, and guitar.  Gotye experimented throughout early adulthood with several bands, including The Basics, a duo with Kris Schroeder.  They’ve released several albums and often perform with Gotye.

It wasn’t until 2006, though, with the release of his album Like Drawing Blood, that Gotye got recognition as a solo act.  Now, with Making Mirrors, Gotye has branched out and upped the ante.  After being hyped on Twitter by celebs like Ashton Kutcher, Mirrors’ second single, “Somebody That I Used To Know,” has been an unexpected hit.  The swinging groove finds him (and guest Kimbra) reflecting on a bad breakup.  The video is a work of art.  Check it out:

Please notice in that vid how bombtastic Kimbra is.  She rocks my world on this track.

You can really hear Gotye’s influences on Making Mirrors.  Some tracks are completely futuristic (“State of the Art”), while others sound like they could have been recorded by Hall & Oates (“I Feel Better”).  I’ve definitely found a song to fit my moods.  I really love “Eyes Wide Open.”  The beat, the lyrics, and his melody are all gorgeous.  Also, whale sounds normally creep me out, but they’re perfect here.  Give it a listen:

Gotye’s Making Mirrors is out now.  Must- have tracks:

“Somebody That I Used To Know”

“Eyes Wide Open”

“In Your Light”

“Save Me”

I love this album so much.  I hope you’ll give it a try.  If you have new music you think I’d like, drop me a line (or a tweet) and I’ll give it a listen.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great day! xx


Music Monday: Local Natives

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Cover of Gorilla Manor

You might already know about Local Natives. They played SXSW last year in support of their debut album, Gorilla Manor.  They’ve had a bit of buzz surrounding them since then, but I’ve yet to see a whole lot about them.

In any case, I really like these California boys.  I’d probably describe them as a sort of Fleet Foxes meets Arcade Fire. . . in Africa.  They’re a very percussion-heavy band, and it’s led to a sometimes dance-y sound.

But it’s not all about the beats.  Haunting 3-part harmonies abound, and with songs about grandparents  (Airplanes), you know there’s more to this group than just a frantic beat.  I really love this album, from start to finish.  I’m still uncovering things about it that I like, months later.

Check out their video for “Airplanes:”

And “World News,” which was directed by my college buddy, Matthew Lessner  (He has nothing to do with my selecting them, though.  I just found out about it while putting together this post.  He was amused):

So, what do you think?  Let me know!  If you don’t already have it,  pick up Gorilla Manor on iTunes now!

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