Gotye Releases Two New Animated Videos: Can You Figure Out Their Meaning?

It’s no secret that Wally DeBacker, AKA Gotye, loves when his musical creations are set to animation. The Australian musician goes to great lengths to utilize visuals throughout his performances, giving them a theatrical, thoroughly immersive feel.

In his video clip for “Easy Way Out,” Gotye proves he’s both a fan of animation and a perfectionist. The 360 degree revolving video took nearly 9 months to complete.

In the latest video from his multi-platinum selling album, Making Mirrors, Gotye contracted Blacklist, a New York-based production house, specializing in “experimental” content to create the visuals for “Dig Your Own Hole.” Directed Saiman Chow, the video follows a propeller-driven steam train driven by a mysterious green-cigarette-smoking man. The dream-like ride begins as soon as the train leaves the station.

The video was produced and edited in such a way as to match every beat.

Another new video just released by Gotye is set to “Seven Hours With A Backseat Driver,” a single from the 2006 album Like Drawing Blood.

In the video a circus-like elephant stomps through a town filled with all the other circus animals staring him down. The elephant is guided by a bird atop his head, pulling his hair, acting as a backseat driver. As panic sets in the elephant begins to run and tumbles down a hill, destroying the town. Just when he thinks the fearsome animals have been destroyed, they rise from the rubble. Much to the elephant’s surprise, the scariest of them all, a mean looking lion extends a paw to pull up the injured elephant. A happy dance ensues. Yes, it’s strange.

Gotye’s Making Mirrors is available now.

— Jay Tilles, CBS Local


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