Melbourne singer/songwriter Gotye (Wally de Backer) has released a music video for “Somebody That I Used To Know”, appearing in body paint alongside featured artist Kimbra. The music video involves the progressive animated painting of a mural behind Gotye while he sings, and then as the clip advances the paint enveloping his body to finally show he has become one with the background. The view widens to reveal the female vocalist on the track, Kimbra who is also painted “into the background”. As the lyrics describe the breakdown of the relationship, Kimbra becomes depainted – unattached – by stop motion again. This sequence required reverse printing the shot and blending it with the live vocal footage.
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Filming was shot by director/producer/editor Natasha Pincus at Starkraving Productions, Melbourne, with cinematographer/colourist Warwick Field, body artist Emma Hack, scenic artist Howard Clark. Original artwork is by Frank de Backer.
Music was produced by Wally de Backer and mixed by Francois Tetaz, assisted by Wally at Moose Mastering, Richmond, VIC. Bass was recorded by Wally in Lucas Taranto’s loungeroom, Melbourne. All other sounds were put together by Wally in The Barn, Merricks.
The track contains a sample of the recording “Seville” as performed by Luiz Bonfa, courtesy of Geffen Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises.
The track, released by Eleven, is from the Gotye album Making Mirrors to be released on August 19 with an album launch the following day at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Graphic Festival, featuring animators and an 11 piece orchestra as part of Gotye’s performance.