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Making Mirrors
Gotye Making Mirrors
Released 10 February 2012
Producer Wally De Backer
Label Eleven
Length 42:21
Genre Indie pop, experimental
Website gotye.com
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Having previously released two albums in his home country of Australia, Wouter “Wally” De Backer is finally breaking into the mainstream with this third album under his stage name Gotye, pronounced Go-tee-yay, which is derived from the French translation of Wouter.

Having been released towards the end of 2011 in Australia Making Mirrors gets its official release in Ireland on February tenth. It contains the absolutely brilliant lead single 'Somebody That I Used to Know'. An incredibly catchy and rather bitter break-up song featuring New Zealand singer songwriter Kimbra on vocals. The beats and bops mixed with quiet xylophone are sublime. Some of you may of heard this on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM. Ian was playing this as his song-of-the-week back in early January.

Vocals on 'Somebody That I Used to Know' sound very similar to Sting & The Police but these are not the only influences here. The verse of 'Easy Way Out' comes straight from Mark Oliver Everett of Eels before another big look-at-me chorus kicks in. There are hints of James Morrison on 'In Your Light' and a certain Mr. Stevie Wonder on the up-beat, radio friendly 'I Feel Better'. 'State of the Art' has very bizarre, low sounding vocal effects. Almost like Ok Computer’s 'Fitter Happier' but with beats, drums and reggae bass thrown in to great effect.

There are some low points along the way too. Album opener and title track Making Mirrors is cut far too short, only one minute. It’s incomplete. It seems to just end as you are getting into it. The complete opposite with the tribal drums at the end of 'Smoke and Mirrors' continues for far too long, seriously outstays it welcome.

My favourite songs here are the Bell X1/Talking Heads-like 'Save Me' with its great drum sound and the beautifully simplistic album closer 'Bronte' with its high pitched Bon Iver vocals with the hushed refrain, "We will be with you".

I don’t expect Gotye to be a one hit wonder. As he states on Making Mirrors he has, "dreamt of a doorway, that opened to everything". Making Mirrors could be it. Watch him rise.

- Leon Byrne