Cooler than the video: a mesmerizing live performance of "Somebody That I Used to Know"

Fans usually love it when artists sing their favorite songs live and often compare the two versions of a song. Today in our article is the story of the worldwide hit "Somebody That I Used to Know" and a live performance by its author Gauthier 7 years after the track's release.

"Somebody That I Used to Know": the story of the song and a live performance

As a rule, a live performance of a favorite song arouses even more emotion among fans of the band or performer than a studio recording. This is due to the fact that, as far as can change the sound of the song in different formats.

The song, which has long been a cult in the art-pop milieu, is "Somebody That I Used to Know"It sounds magical, very touching, and very poignant on the recording. Today let's see how this composition is performed by musicians live and learn about those who work this magic of tenderness on the record.

The Story of a Timeless Hit

Gauthier against the backdrop of the music video
Gauthier against the backdrop of the music video

An imperishable track by the Australian-born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Gotye was released in 2011. "Somebody That I Used to Know" is a song from an album called Making Mirrors. According to the musician, the song was dedicated to feelingsHe was not to be expected to have any of the experiences he had in his personal love life.

For the first time "Somebody That I Used to Know" was released in July in Australia and New Zealand, and in England and the United States in late 2011 and early 2012. This fantastic composition by the singer was written in Gautier's native home on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. The song was based on Sample Luiz Bonfa's instrumental track "Seville", which came out in the mid-60s. Gauthier then added drums to it, and then started working on the lyrics and the missing musical elements. After a while the music for the chorus of the song was written.

Gauthier in 2018
Gauthier in 2018

The musician confessed that he was able to construct the song quickly enough: first came the first and second verses, and then the chorus. Only Gautier could not understand why he could not to complete the song, as if he felt it lacked something. He filled the space with percussion and flute, but nothing came out. But then Gautier came up with the idea of adding some female vocals into your composition.

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A still from the video "Somebody That I Used to Know
A still from the video "Somebody That I Used to Know

After the musician's decision to dilute the song with a female part, the selection of a worthy vocalist began. At the time when the recording of the track was in full swing from the beginning to the middle of 2011, Gautier was on the lookout The singer he needed, because his colleague had broken off their collaboration on the eve of the recording. And then luck smiled on the singer KimbreGautier was recommended by François Tetaz, who later brought together Somebody That I Used to Know.

The beginning of Kimbra Lee Johnson's career is marked 2010: Then, back in 2007, after winning an award for her second single "Simply On My Lips", she was spotted by former Independiente Records head Mark Richardson. After signing with him, she moved to Melbourne, where her career began. In August 2011, Kimbra has the release of first Vows' solo album; it ranked high on the music charts in the Southern Hemisphere. Prior to the release of Vows, the singer worked on "Somebody That I Used to Know".

Singer Kimbra
Singer Kimbra

The composition, released in the summer of 2011, was a great success and became inIt's an identity card both artists. It topped the charts in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. The song is very warm was met by critics. Many noted its resemblance to Justin Vernon's band and the works of Sting. The track was nominated for an award Grammy as "Recording of the Year" and "Best Duo/Group Performance.

The video clip was directed and edited by the artist Natasha PincusIt was directed by filmmaker Warwick Field. In the clip, the musicians sing their legendary song in the background of a drawing created by Gauthier's father. As the track progresses, the naked musicians become part of this drawing. An illustrator was hired for the nude drawings. Emma Hackand for the set work, Howard Clark. According to him, many hours of work were done for the quality portrayal of Gauthier and Kimbra. The resulting picture reflects their relationships.

The live performance of "Somebody That I Used to Know" is unrealistically mesmerizing.

Gauthier on Stage
Gauthier on Stage

In 2018, YouTube released Live performance Gauthier's hit. In the video, the musician performs his iconic song with the guys from The Basics & Monty Cotton in acoustic The arrangement adds even more intimacy and sensuality to an already lyrical composition.

In the comments to the video, enthusiastic users marveled at how much reverently the audience listens to the performer. According to commentators, the silence in the hall is caused by a deep Respect people to the artist's work, so they don't interrupt his performance. Some YouTube users wrote that they felt like they went back in time when they heard Gautier's inimitable vocals; "Somebody That I Used to Know" performed live brings back memories of a beautiful time and makes them think about how fast life passes. Many marvel at how the singer has managed to keep his voice, even though it is no longer as ringing as it once was. All the comments, as one, suggest that the iconic for pop music "Somebody That I Used to Know" is still fondly favorite The first time we were in the audience, it was not forgotten and lives on in the hearts of Gautier's admirers.

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