Our favorite artist Gotye finally gets the stateside exposure he so rightly deserves tonight when "Hearts A Mess" will wrench the heartstrings of teenage America on Gossip Girl. The song is one of our all time favorites (as is the video, above) and we're thrilled to be putting out his first-ever US release later this summer. Here's what we said about "Hearts A Mess" this time last year:
“Hearts A Mess” is a pastiche of borrowed sounds and samples culled from record store bargain bins and passed-down vinyl heirlooms, yet the result is a remarkably unified sonic vision: swirling strings, atmospheric percussion and a heartwrenching chorus for the ages all converging to result in 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.
Looks like Ms. Patsavas was feeling us after all.
MP3: "Hearts A Mess" - Gotye
// Brendan Cook //