Sunday, August 22, 2010

Gotye - Like Drawing Blood


OK, must write a critical review.  Be critical.  Ummmm.... his name's a bit hard to pronounce (GO-ti-yay is as near an approximation as I can manage).  Seven Hours With A Backseat Driver is a bit soporific (YourZ sez: it kinda reminds me of a Gorillaz out-take).

No, I can't do it.  I love Wally and OH MY GOD the world should too.  Stunning videos, beautiful music, and a voice I can only describe as chocolate-coated.  What are you waiting for?  I want this on as high a rotation as possible on everyone's iPod.  Now.



Wally De Backer aka Gotye, is a very talented chap and an all round beautiful human being (and I don't mean this is a shallow, physical sense either).  He put everything together for this very fine album by cobbling scratchy old samples and his own instrumentation (he's a very good drummer, among other things) in various bedrooms around Melbourne (take that, you overly expensive, time-consuming studios). 

What he came up with is a set of songs that range from wonderful chilled pop songs to divine soul-influenced tracks to percussion-laden electro-pop gems, with sidetracks into dub land and beyond.  And the production is superb.

But the strength of this album doesn't lie in the music or the production - it's Wally's voice.  Mine describes it as 'chocolate-coated', and it is.  But it's so much more.  There is a fragile strength in it that can only be appreciated by listening to it.  And, as Mine says, what are you waiting for?


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In our collection we also have Mixed Blood and Boardface


  1. Thank you for introducing me to Gotye. I'm thoroughly enjoying it. It's great driving music. It's been the soundtrack of my commutes to and from work since I received it in the mail from you kind mates!

  2. Perplexio, so glad you like Gotye. Wally is one of those rare gems and we're pleased to have passed it on to you.

  3. I posted my review earlier today. I made sure to give you two a shout out and even linked to this review.