Daily Song Study

Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know

In songs on January 31, 2012 at 9:27 am

I may never tire of studying deceptive simplicity. Thankfully, it is alive and well.

Wouter “Wally” De Backer, known professionally as Gotye, employs merely three chords here, placing delicate layers of complexity upon them and building dynamically and melodically until a full-blown song has emerged where once was a ditty. Bringing in the sultry pipes of Kimbra on the last half adds not only another sonic layer, but a perspective that keeps the tune from becoming lyrically claustrophobic.

Quite an achievement for a three-chord song.

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