GOTYE – LIKE DRAWING BLOOD ITUNES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Lucky Number are delighted to announce that Gotye’s
album “Like Drawing Blood” has been
named as iTunes Album of the Year for 2008.
Whilst Belgium born Gotye had already won a plethora of prestigious
awards in his adopted home of Australia, including the Australian
equivalent of both the Mercury Music Prize (Australian Music Prize)
and Brit Awards (ARIA for Best Male Artist) as well as the Australian
Independent Records album of the year, this UK award is a fantastic
achievement for an artist who recorded the album in his bedroom
by night whilst working as a librarian by day.
For Like Drawing Blood, Gotye cut loops of calypso, reggae bass,
Tijuana brass, 50s film score strings and combined them with emotional
swathes of harmonized vocal colour and bold melodic strokes. A detailed
task, the resultant brew is an evocative collage of sounds with
their own cultural flavours and heartfelt melodic brilliance.
Gotye’s bedroom symphonies have connected
intimately with a massive audience in Australia. Will this iTunes
recognition lead to a deserved wider appraisal from the UK media
of the quality this largely overlooked artist and album represents?
GOTYE - LIKE DRAWING BLOOD
Where to start?
Well, the UK physical
release of "Like Drawing Blood" was Monday just
gone, 18th August. It's a wonderful thing. Available as a download,
digipack CD and as a strictly limited and very beautifully packaged
heavy weight 180 gram 12" vinyl. The vinyl version also contains
a Free CD of the album within - so, never fear, we'll always
be a penniless indie.
The reviews have been good - here's some quotes from the UK
"The Wizard of Aussie Pop" Sunday Times Culture
"Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter-sampler coming on
like Beck fronting The Avalanches." The Guardian
"Gotye (pronounced "Gaultier"), a musical magpie
whose eclectic tastes make Mark Ronson look blinkered..."
"This Belgian prodigy seems a cut above, with sumptuous
strings and smoky soul all tailored into genuinely original, funky
delight." Music Week
"The best cut'n'paste album since the Avalanches....Like
Drawing Blood is a meticulously crafted mishmash that sounds thoroughly
modern" Sunday Times Culture
"Makes Mark Ronson's musical tastes seem rather narrow-minded.
Royksopp but with added soul. This is an amazing orchestral offering"
"Considering he is essentially a one-man-band ( and a supreme
drummer at that), you can only marvel at the scale of the soundscapes"
The wonderful Rough Trade record shop have included it
in their Aug/Sept Album Club selection and iTunes UK have
been great supporters. They recently chose "The Only Way"
from the album as their single of the week.
Copies can be ordered from the links to the right.
In Japan our
partners, Beat, have done a very nice job indeed with "Learnalilgivinanlovin"
on heavy rotation at J-Wave and tons of press. Gotye recently
performed at the prestigious FUJI Rock festival and he is being
projected 50Ft High upon the giant electric bulletin boards at the
main Shibuya crossing as part of a Listen Japan campaign.
Learnalilgivinanlovin is still on High rotation in Netherlands
at 3FM and StuBru respectively and also currently No 1
!!! on the German College Charts. Check it out...
01 Learnalilgivinanlovin Gotye Lucky Number
02 Electric Feel MGMT SonyBMG
03 Mercury Bloc Party Wichita
04 Great DJ The Ting Tings SonyBMG
If you haven't as yet heard "Learnalilgivinanlovin"
or "Hearts A Mess" please go HERE
straight away. Here's what the Good Weather For Airstrikes Blog
said about "Hearts A Mess":
"&... the most majestic single you'll hear all year. A
cinematic pop masterpiece just begging to be plugged into any number
of primetime network dramas (you feeling me, Alexandra Patsavas?),
the track soars and swells into an orchestral gem the likes of which
haven't been heard in pop music since Sebastien Tellier made eyes
water across Europe with the stirring beauty of "La Ritournelle".
Similarly, "Hearts A Mess" sounds like nothing else out
there right now, a timeless pop classic unrestrained by genre or
critical expectations, and it's the kind of special, once-in-a-lifetime
single that rarely comes along in this increasingly homogenized
indie scene". They liked it!
Gotye is coming to the UK
and Europe soon - see live dates to see where you can catch him.
Gotye - Hoxton Sold Out / New Date Added
We're extremely pleased to announce that Gotye’s show at
Hoxton Bar and Grill on Weds 14th May has sold out. Hence, instead
of the previously scheduled support show at Monto Water Rats on
Mon 12th May he will instead play another headlining show - this
time at The Metro, Oxford Street. Again, we are expecting this show
to sell out pretty quickly. So please be quick if you want to come
along. Hope to see you there! You can buy tickets here
Gotye - Our New Signing
Gotye (pronounced Gaultier - like Jean Paul) is a one-man indie
success story, a Beck-style sample magpie and a
huge-hearted songwriter. Acting as his own manager, plugger and
record label while working in a library by day, Belgium-born Gotye
has won a plethora of prestigious awards in his adopted home of
Australia. He has won both the Australian equivalent of the Mercury
Music Award (the AMP) and a BRIT
Award (the ARIA for Best Male
Artist), in 2007. ‘Hearts A Mess’,
which we’ll be putting out as his debut UK single next month,
was also voted ‘Track of the Year’
by the listeners of Australia’s equivalent to Radio One.
Check out our first bit of UK press from those ever-on-the-ball
peeps at The Guardian HERE.
Oh, and we must mention the already multi-award-winning video.
If you’ve not yet seen it then do yourself a BIG favour and
check it out HERE.
Truly breathtaking stuff, folks.
And last but definitely not least we’re also pleased to
inform you of Gotye’s first-ever European tour dates! First
he’ll be stopping by his native Belgium before coming over
to the UK for dates in London and at the Great Escape festival in
Brighton. Dates, ahoy:
07 May 2008: Les Nuits Botanique with Jamie Lidell...Brussels
12 May 2008: Monto Water Rats.................................London
14 May 2008: Hoxton Bar and Grill (headline show)....London
15 May 2008: The Great Escape Festival.....................Brighton
17 May 2008: The Great Escape Festival.....................Brighton
Tickets for the Hoxton show are available HERE,
and you can still get your Great Escape tickets at the festival's
Gotye - A New Signing!
Gotye is our new signing. Gotye is a young Australian
fellow named Wally De Backer who makes the most
wonderful music in his bedroom. Wally told us that in Australia
they pronounce Gotye as “gore-ti-yeah”, using that inimitably
dry and elongated sound they call an “accent”! Wally
can say that because he was born in Belgium (and he speaks English
good). Parties from overseas wishing to “name-check”
Wally’s musical moniker should employ a complex system of
pops and clicks, or alternatively, engage in a series of hand symbols
that represent the following character: §.
We will be releasing Wally’s album in 2008 so you will be
hearing a whole lot more about him soon. Needless to say he is,
quite frankly, one of the most ridiculously talented people we have
ever had the enormous pleasure (and luck) to meet. It took us 18
months and many a horrendous phone bill to sign this young man and
during that time his Australian career went like this: record album
in bedroom, release said album on his own label with no help, album
tracks get played and championed by Triple J radio, word-of-mouth
spreads, wins the AMP Award for outstanding potential
(like our Mercury Award), sells some more records, goes on tour
with his mini-orchestra, sells more records, gets nominated for
5 (yes 5!) Australian Recording Industry (ARIA) Awards and then,
last month, only goes and wins the big one - the ARIA for
Best Male. Now, that’s a good story don’t you
to see YouTube footage of Wally stunning the Australian Recording
Industry and winning his award.