Gotye Not Satisfied With #1 Hit
News posted Tuesday, August 16 2011 at 12:00 PM.
Gotye has revealed to M+N how he felt deflated after penning 'Somebody That I Used To Know’, his first number one hit.
The song – the first Australian song to top the ARIA Singles Chart since January – ended Adele’s seven-week run at the top of the charts this week. But in a soon-to-be-published interview with M+N, Gotye (aka Melbourne musician Wally De Backer) said he’s still not satisfied with the track, or its predecessor ‘Eyes Wide Open’, the first single from his forthcoming new album Making Mirrors.
“With both tracks, I still didn’t feel satisfied when I finished them,” Gotye told M+N. “In a way my feelings with both songs were a bit deflated afterwards … With distance and as I’m playing them live, maybe I’ll get to like them more.”
He said he was so conflicted by 'Somebody That I Used To Know’ that it delayed the release of the album by five months.
“I just kinda let them ['Somebody That I Used To Know' and 'Eyes Wide Open'] go. It wasn’t about being a perfectionist. I felt like I made them the best they could be, and there wasn’t anything pragmatic or realistic I could do anymore in terms of remixing, tweaking, re-recording vocals, trying another part, or spending more money and time. I’d only make them sound worse or start disappearing in my own head – or rectum.”
‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is a duet with rising New Zealand-born singer Kimbra, who Gotye decided to draft in after hitting a creative wall midway through writing the song.
“When I got to the end of the first chorus, I felt for the first time, in any song I’d written, that I’d said all I had to say. Any attempt to work an instrumental path, or bridge, back towards a repeat of the chorus felt very weak. At that point I went, ‘I think it needs another story. It’s going to be a duet.’ So I wrote the female part and looked for someone to bring it to life.”
Meanwhile, Gotye has added a Perth show to his run of national album launches later this year. He’ll be playing the Belvoir Theatre on December 9. Most of the tour – including four shows at the 1500-capacity Forum Theatre in Melbourne – have completely sold out.
Making Mirrors is out this Friday (August 19) via Eleven.