Before, I tended to think of Gotye’s Wally De Backer as a guy who makes slightly mournful electronic nighttime music. I think it’s because “Heart’s A Mess”, which was the perfect nighttime drive song. His newest album Making Mirrors doesn’t seem unified by that one overall mood though, but rather all over the place like the trajectory of Beck’s career. “Bronte” and “Somebody That I Used to Know” are the moody pulse-driven tracks I expected, but then there’s “Easy Way Out”, a slinky, retro track that actually rocks, and “Eyes Wide Open”, the slick first single which really showcases De Backer’s voice. “I Feel Better” has obvious soul influences. He’s a guy with a lot of tricks under his hat. Most of them work.
Go buy Making Mirrors.