If you’ve managed to avoid Gotye’s gateway drug of a pop hit “Somebody That I Used To Know”, well, we’re impressed. The track shot to a UK #1 over the weekend — hot on the heels of nearly a dozen other countries. Esquire slinked its way into his intimate album launch at Wilton Music Hall. The question: how did this man go unnoticed for a decade?
Whatever the reason, the Belgian-born Australian will have a hard time fending-off attention now.
The show was heavy on drums, soul and Miyazaki-inspired animated projections. (The latter accompanied “Bronte” to mesmerising effect.) Self-effacing and affable, the man of the hour seems to have settled into success with ease.
“This isn’t all about some number one hit,” he deadpanned, “…is it?”
This gig proved that it isn’t. Stationed by an intricate mess of drums, Gotye twisted through art-pop, synth rock and thrashing percussion, literally without missing a beat. Of particular note: a glitchy, sample-heavy turn in the set. If that was Imogen Heap we spied taking in proceedings (and we’re quite certain it was), the crown Queen of Sampling seemed just as smitten.
Gotye will be back in London for a Shepard’s Bush Empire show on February 29. His album Making Mirrors is out now
Words by Adam Baidawi