Published on January 31st, 2012 | by Sinead Keogh1
Review: Gotye – Making Mirrors
Point the first – it’s pronounced ‘gauthier’. Point the second, nobody have a Lana Del Rey-esque hissyfit, but it’s not his real name. He’s actually called Walter de Backer. He ‘gotye’ there, wha’? BAHA. Okay, we’ll stop.
Discovered via Culch’s resident ahead-of-the-curvester Aaron, the justifiably-hyped track ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, complete with fantastic bodypainting video, was our first introduction to Australia’s Gotye who’s somehow been making waves under our radar since 2006. (Might be something to do with the fact that we’ve only been around since 2009.)
Part of the Making Mirrors album, earworm ‘Somebody…’ is no one-hit wonder. Title track ‘Making Mirrors’ is also the album opener. A snappy one minute and one second long, it coaxes you into thinking you’re in for 40 minutes of easy listening before ‘Easy Way Out’ puts the Sting-sized boot in and introduces the overarching upbeat sound.
‘I Feel Better’ has an 80s pop vibe that makes you want to get a perm and wear ski pants while ‘In Your Light’ sounds to us like gospel pop – a bit keyboard hero, a bit why-wasn’t-this-on-the-Sister-Act-soundtrack.
‘State of the Art’ strays somewhat into the realm of what the fuck and is the mismatched tie on an otherwise strong suit offering but he reins it back in with ‘Giving Me A Chance’, a mournful break-up track kept out of the realm of depressing by an up-tempo beat.
Ultimately many different sounds held together by an unerring vocal, Making Mirrors earns a solid 7 out of 10 from Culch Towers, even if there is a Facebook group called Gotye Sounds Like Sting.