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[[DescribeTopicHere Describe Gotye here.]] He's somewhat tall, Belgian-Australian, male...

Wouter "Wally" De Backer, better known by his stage name Gotye, is an indie/alternative rock singer song-writer best known for his #1 hit "Somebody That I Used to Know" though other songs of his have charted such as "Eyes Wide Open" which got to #96 on the Hot 100 and "Hearts A Mess" charted #8 on Triple J Hot 100 of 2006. His singing style has been compared to [[Music/ThePolice Sting]] and Music/PeterGabriel, while his music videos were once described by ToddInTheShadows as, "[[SweetDreamsFuel Like happier versions of]] ''Music/{{Tool}}'' [[SurrealMusicVideo videos]]."

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!!Examples:

* AfterTheEnd: A possibility to the video for "Eyes Wide Open"
* AlternativeRock
* AlbumTitleDrop: In ''Making Mirrors'', he does one with the song of the same name.
-->''Maybe we're only making mirrors.''
* AnimatedMusicVideo: "Hearts A Mess", "Learnalilgivinanlovin", "Bronte", "Thanks for Your Time", "State of the Art", "Eyes Wide Open", and "Seven Hours With A Backseat Driver".
* AscendedFanboy: Music/{{Prince}} had the honour of handing Gotye his trophy for Record of the Year (for "Somebody That I Used to Know") at the 2013 Grammys. Prince prefaced the announcement by stating, "Oh I love this song," when glancing at the envelope's contents. Gotye started his acceptance speech by thanking Prince: "Many years listening to this man's music, growing up, and a big reason I was inspired to make music. Thank you."
* BizarreInstrument: From near the ending to "Save Me", he has found out how different an auto harp sounds when each plucked note is quickly sampled and played back on a MIDI keyboard, as opposed to being played on the actual instrument.
** Hear that low, piano-like sound in "Eyes Wide Open"? It isn't a piano. It's a recording of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_iuE_L2wys&t=0m28s this.]]
** Most of "State of the Art" is played on a Lowrey Cotillion, a 70's home organ (famous for being used by Music/TheWho on [[Music/WhosNext "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again"]]), which is also what the song is about.
* BodyPaint: He and Kimbra in "Somebody That I Used to Know"
* BreakupSong: "Somebody That I Used to Know"
* CloudcuckooLander: To say the least. Just read [[http://gotye.com/#about.html his biography on his website]].
* CoolTrain: One with hologram windows and a propellor in the backing visuals for "Dig Your Own Hole".
* CoverVersion: While Gotye himself hasn't covered anything, "Somebody That I Used to Know" has been covered by many artists such as MileyCyrus, [[{{Music/fun}} Fun's]] front-man Nate Ruess with Hayley Williams, [[WhiteCollar Matt Bomer]], [[Series/AmericanIdol Phillip Phillips]], {{Glee}}, Music/WalkOffTheEarth, Music/{{Pentatonix}}, and 210,000 Youtubers.
** Gotye himself then remixed a plethora of the aforementioned YouTube covers into one super-version of the song, titling it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opg4VGvyi3M&feature=plcp Somebodies]].
* {{Crossover}}: With Kimbra in "Somebody That I Used to Know"
* ChristianRock: "In Your Light" is about how thrilled Gotye is to have God in his life, though [[NotChristianRock this is his only really religious song]].
* GenderBender: There was a rumor that he was gonna get a sex change. Gotye said, “Do I have to? Maybe its fun keeping it open.
* GenreBusting: His stuff is rather hard to pin down with just one descriptor.
* InnocenceLost: A possible interpretation of the backing visuals to "Seven Hours With A Backseat Driver".
* LastNoteNightmare: The album version of "Giving Me A Chance" end with a brief silence after the track ends, then a quiet sonic mass builds up to a sample of the, '''"Don't worry"''' from "Dig Your Own Hole".
* MelismaticVocals: Occasionally.
* MorePopularSpinOff: Gotye is, well ''was'' at least until their hiatus ends in 2014, in a Rock band called The Basics, but chances are you only know about them because of Gotye who despite being the drummer could be called the FaceOfTheBand.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: ''Like Drawing Blood'' was named after [[NoodleIncident an injury he sustained while licking an envelope.]]
* NonAppearingTitle: "Bronte" and "Like Drawing Blood".
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: There are elements of Reggae, Jazz, Worldbeat, Rock and Latin all over his music, but none of those ever appears in pure form.
* OneHitWonder: "Eyes Wide Open," the single released after "Somebody That I Used to Know" barely touched the Hot 100.
** Although his previous singles, "Hearts A Mess" and "Learnalilgivinanlovin", have had some success in his home countries of Australia and Belgium.
* TheOner: The "Easy Way Out" music video. In stop motion with multiple Gotyes, no less!
* PostModernism: "State of the Art," is a song about making a song on the state of the art synthesizer.
* {{Retraux}}: "Somebody That I Used To Know" fits this.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: He's on the receiving end from Kimbra in "Somebody I Used to Know."
* {{Sampling}}: Something Gotye is very fond of.
* SelfBackingVocalist: Does this too many times to count, and it is ''glorious.''
* ShoutOut: Possibly to ''TheWall'' in the video for "Hearts a Mess". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzb3lBOBRrM At the 0:27 mark, the marching long-legged creatures look identical to the]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bDY0DfEjmo marching hammers in "Waiting for the Worms".]]
** The bows that appear during the string part of the "State Of The Art" video resemble the ones from the "Toccata and Fugue" segment from ''{{Film/Fantasia}}''.
* StageNames: "Gotye" is a phonetic spelling of "Gautier", the French equivalent of his real name Wouter (which is Dutch).
* TechnologyPorn: "State of the Art", both the song and the video, are built around hyping up the functions of a very advanced synthesizer. WordOfGod points out that it's specifically about [[http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4144161-planet-gear--gotye-on-the-lowrey-cotillion-organ-and-making-mirrors a second-hand 1980s organ that Gotye once bought]].
* TitleTrack: Both ''Like Drawing Blood'' and ''Making Mirrors'' have a short one at the beginning.

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[-'''''[[LastNoteNightmare Don't worry...]]'''''-]