Boardface CD cover
Like Drawing Blood CD cover
Both albums are brilliant. From the independent label, Creative Vibes which distributes for Gotye
Gotye is Wally De Backer. He plays drums, percussion and piano, and he writes, sings and produces tracks at his home, in Mentone, Victoria, Australia. Gotye’s sound is a melting pot of samples from sources far and wide, mixed with Wally’s home recorded sounds to form original songs that are as much influenced by the ’80’s British electro of Depeche Mode and mock-lounge pop of Roxy Music, as the scratchy sounds of old noir soundtracks and majestic orchestras of John Barry and Henry Mancini.Oh yeah!
The cut’n'paste approach of hip-hop djs also figures prominently in the arrangements, inspired especially by the musicality of San Francisco’s finest sample- composers, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist. The results are songs that both reference and incorporate styles and sounds of the past, while showcasing Wally’s unique songwriting in a broad web of sonic environments. Wally songs display the diversity of his listening interests, incorporating sounds from a wide spectrum of sources. They encompass a variety of styles, tempos and textures in their mix of organic and electronic sources, experimenting with form and tone while nevertheless clearly exhibiting Wally’s love of pop music (in any of its manifestations and mutations over the last half a century).
One of Wally's worst nightmares is being seen in public in such lurid pyjamas.
clip for Hearts a Mess
clip for Learnalilgivinanlovin (live at 2007 ARIA awards) - Wally was also awarded best male artist for 2007
The thing about geniuses is that they are multi-talented. Wally is also one-third of Indie band, The Basics, together with Tim Heath and Kris Schroeder. They sound like they have stepped out of a time warp worm hole straight out of American Bandstand.
Stand Out / Fit In CD cover (The Basics)
clip for Just Hold On
clip for Lookin' Over My Shoulder
On the tube whilst on tour in the UK (management couldn't afford the limousine)
(photo by Gaelle Beri)
- Gotye MySpace
- The Basics
- The Basics MySpace