Track of the Day: 'Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)'

Past Tracks Melbourne's Wally De Backer, who records as Gotye (pronounced "gore-ti-yeah") has recently released his third album, and this track, which went platinum down in Australia, would follow a similar path in the States if there was any justice in the pop charts. It's a stealthy duet with New Zealand up-and-comer Kimbra. The music is very carefully plucked out on xylophone, wobbly keyboards, and nylon-stringed guitar. But the real stars of the show here are Gotye's and Kimbra's vocal performances. While they start out in hushed tones, in the second half of the track the vocals are amped up to Freddie Mercury and Lady Gaga voltage. The hook is sharp, so expect it to stick in your mind for days to come.


On iTunes: Gotye / "Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)"

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Brendan Hasenstab is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn.

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