Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know

October 14, 2011

“Somebody That I Used to Know” is a song that isn’t quite sure what it is. The strange thing: that’s probably its greatest strength. The track opens with a somewhat innocuous verse in which Walter De Backer lays some pretty inert, pop vocals over a chugging baseline, a playful guitar riff and a downright silly xylophone. But then, as if to reward you for your patience, Backer suddenly delivers a Rod Steward/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel sandwich of a chorus that is so surprising and, well, good, that you’ll find yourself asking your parents why they HELL they threw out that box of LPs labeled “80’s.”