Gotye Hearts A Mess animated

Gotye, the Melbourne singer/songwriter/musician known to his friends as Wally de Backer, has teamed up with animator/film director Brendan Cook to produce a haunting music video for his single, Hearts A Mess. In a clip reminiscent of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas and Pink Floyd’s The Wall, an animated character lopes across a gaunt landscape, gathering up other strange creatures in a pilgrimage that leads beyond the planet and into the skies.

Gotye in Hearts A Mess music video

Gotye, pronounced gore-ti-yeah, is an acronym for Game Of The Year Edition, a re-release of a popular computer or video game. The man behind the name is one third of band, The Three Basics.

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Brendan Cook is the founder of Picture Drift, a design, direction and animation studio in Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia.

Character design was developed by Duncan Irving. 3D animation and models were provided by Mayumi Kaneko. Visual effects were developed by Stefan Litterini. Cinematography was by Barnaby Norris.

Gotye in Hearts A Mess music video

Lyrics for Hearts A Mess

Pick apart
The pieces of your heart
And let me peer inside

Let me in
Where only your thoughts have been
Let me occupy your mind
As you do mine

You have lost
Too much love
To fear, doubt and distrust
(It’s not enough)
You just threw away the key
To your heart

You don’t get burned
(’Cause nothing gets through)
It makes it easier
(Easier on you)
But that much more difficult for me
To make you see…

Love ain’t fair
So there you are
My love

Download Hearts A Mess Music Video – Gotye on iTunes

Your heart’s a mess
You won’t admit to it
It makes no sense
But I’m desperate to connect
And you, you can’t live like this

Love ain’t safe

You won’t get hurt if you stay chaste
So you can wait
But I don’t wanna waste my love