I bought this as it is played regularly on my local radio station but they often do this with "indie" or "pop" artist(s) & if they are a "one hit wonder" who are not "the best from the 60s 70s or 80s" they are never played again.
I recommend checking out Kimbra's other songs/videos.
Everybody's heard it, some people loathe it, some love it. OK so it has to be said it's not often these days that you see Ausy musicians in the UK charts, well mostly Ausy in this case, Gotye(Wally De Backer) is originally from Belgium but moved to Australia pretty young as far as i can tell and Kimbra is a New Zealander.
The first time i heard it i thought "wow didn't know Sting had anything new out" and it has to be said this song has an unerring nack for sounding like other artists, I've heard lots quoted but the common ones seem to be Sting and Peter Gabriel, which is never a bad comparison in my book.
Also whats quite nice about it is, while it is, at it's heard a very well put together pop song it has that indie feel which just isn't in the charts these days, i mean the bass-line in this song isn't done on a guitar or a cello it's sampled on a fence which Gotye thought would "sound good" and no i'm not kidding.
Now this records has been on pretty heavy rotation in the UK this year and rightly so, after all is is pretty damn good, but it's often billed as "Gotye-Somebody that i used to know" which rather misses the standout point for me, simply put: Kimbra, although she does only get about 4 lines in this song without her it would be flat. OK so Gotye wrote, produced and arranged this song and it's on his album but all the same i still find myself waiting for when Kimbra chimes in.
I would conclude that if you like this song and find yourself wanting more, much like i did, take a look at Kimbra's album "Vows" not just the standard edition but the deluxe or Australian tour editions, which i where brought to my attention due to this single, for that i'm exceptionly grateful.
I don't know much about this artist/band as I purchased this track on a recommendation by a friend but he sounds so much like Sting in parts of this song it is spooky. That aside, the song is great. But maybe best avoided if you are not a fan of The Police or Sting's solo work!!
I don't know how I missed this the first time around (whenever that was) but it's absilutely fabulous. A fantastic voice. Recently some tv competition singers have attempted it and they have so far only proven that this guy's RANGE and EMOTIVE content cannot be matched! It's very interesting often sparse instrumentation. Again I've heard some artists do cover versions and the original just is so superb. It's a good story - somewhat like Human League's "Don't You Want Me"
I purchased this version from the extensive list of MP3 download versions as this had "+ Video" in the title so I assumed, wrongly, that the video came with the song if you purchased this particular MP3 download copy. Once purchased and downloaded, I was surprised to only find the MP3 song; what happened to the video ? This has taken the shine off of the purchase because I really like the song but also wanted the quirky video as well. Shame !
Amazon gave me a £1 free credit, thanks Amazon, so I downloaded this great song, I never download CDs or track before much prefer to have the original CD to convert to FLAC and then play on my Squeezebox Server. The MP3 quality from Amazon is very good at 1411.2 kbps.
I first paid attention to this song two weeks ago after it was played regularly on Magic radio station. My son told mel that it was not a new tune. Never even heard of Gotye before but it's as if a spell has been cast by this song. Compelling listening!