Song of the Year
“Somebody That I Used to Know” is the epitome of what makes a Song of the Year: it’s been inescapable to the point of overkill. The track has been parodied from any yokel with a YouTube account all the way up to Saturday Night Live, and lives online as its own meme. It’s also been remixed to death. Hell, Gotye himself even put a weird clubby mix on Making Mirrors (Universal Republic), the album from whence the song comes. Last week saw the release of an entire LP of remixes by the likes of Tiesto and Dan Aux, cashing in on people’s insatiable thirst for the hit. But there’s no denying that it’s a brilliant song. From the simplistic failings of a relationship that almost everyone can relate to, and the fact that both sides are presented when Kimbra steps in to give her own perspective on how things fell apart. And that video? Come on — it’s a perfect fit.
RUNNERS-UP: The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”; M83, “Midnight City”; The Joy Formidable, “Whirring”