In this edition: An artist feature and review of Gotye’s Making Mirrors, Francois Peglau cowboys up, and our weekly considerations and videos…
Artist Feature: Gotye
Australian artist, Gotye (aka Wally De Backer), appeared on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic this week. It’s a set well worth watching if you have a time. Live, De Backer and his band do an excellent job playing material that is high on the studio production factor.
He brought along the Kiwi chanteuse Kimbra to perform the internet smash, Somebody I Used To Know, from his latest album, Making Mirrors. The set included Easy Way Out, State of the Art, Don’t Worry We’ll All Be Watching, and I Feel Better from that album, as well as a single from his last album, Heart’s A Mess.
The KCRW performance also includes a great interview by Jason Bentley. A theme that comes out of this interaction is the vibrance of the music scene in Melbourne, and the US audience’s relative unfamiliarity with it. Gotye’s been kicking around by himself and in his band (The Basics) for over a decade, and just may end up on a Best New Artist list or two in the US for Somebody I Used to Know.
As far as his latest effort goes, Making Mirrors is an eclectic mix of pop and experimental music. At times on this album, De Backer is reminiscent of Peter Gabriel’s work before So. However, he is not wont to ‘settle’ on a sound, and tends to throw some wild curves like those found in the blue-eyed soul of I Feel Better or In Your Light, and the ska-groove of State of the Art. While the work is generally very good, one gets the feeling that De Backer is still searching for his musical identity. In other words, this guy has the potential to explode and deliver something substantive beyond this pleasant and sometimes outstanding album (Making Mirrors Rating: 84/100, a recommended ‘buy’).
While touring Gotye will mostly perform in Australia. He will be on the West Coast in December and February. Check here for a list of performances.
Stream: Making Mirrors here [buy it]:
Francois Peglau releases “Lonesome Cafe”
Francois Peglau’s latest single, Lonesome Cafe, recalls country music from the 1960s and 70s. Yet it remains distinctly Peglau–dreamy, bedroom pop with high repeat value. Go get, and visit his Bandcamp site for more audio morsels.
—Southern Shelter has of Montreal at the 40 Watt Club on 10.29.11. They play Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer? in its entirety. Damn, that album is good.
–In a recent tweet, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists listed 10 songs that made him want to become a singer (in order of his tweets):
10. The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues
09. Jesus & Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
08. The Smiths – I Know It’s Over
07. R.E.M. – Swan Swan Hummingbird
06. Replacements – Unsatisfied
05. Camper Van Beethoven – Sweethearts
04. Husker Du – Hardly Getting Over It
03. Big Star – Thirteen
02. Robin Hitchcock – The Ghost Ship
01. Morrissey – Sing Your Life
- There’s a mixtape in there somewhere. He needs to add 10 more songs!
Videos, videos, videos!
For all the Girls – Maryanne
Gotye – Somebody I Used to Know (Feat. Kimbra)
Max Min – Alpaca Socks
Caitlin Park – Baby Teeth
Said the Whale – Lines
Twilight Sad – Sick
Waters – Back to You
Cheers… and thanks for following along.
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