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You can feel nostalgic and rosily melancholy, in a way. But sometimes we often feel quite bitter about things, when you have nothing to do with that relationship or maybe with that person anymore, at least not actively. It can be quite a confusing feeling. So maybe the way the song expresses those feelings appears to strike people as quite true, and quite relevant with their experiences. In the UK, Gotye sold over 1.
Bass guitar: Lucas Taranto Lead and backing vocals: Kimbra Guitar, flutes, percussion and synth samples, lead and backing vocals: Wally. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The song received a positive reception from critics, who noted the similarities between the song and works by Sting , Peter Gabriel , and American folk band Bon Iver. In Australia, the song won the Triple J Hottest poll at the end of , as well as ARIA Awards for song of the year and best video, while Kimbra was voted best female artist and Gotye was named best male artist and producer of the year. It was the most commercially successful song of in Flanders Belgium , the most successful song of in Wallonia Belgium , Canada, Israel, the UK, and the US, and the most successful song of the s decade by an Australian artist in Australia. It is certified Multiplatinum in ten countries, including Diamond in Australia. The song has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling digital singles of all time. It was covered by Canadian indie rock group Walk off the Earth using a single guitar played simultaneously by all five band members and by actors Darren Criss and Matt Bomer in the Glee episode " Big Brother ". The hit song's accompanying music video was directed by Australian artist Natasha Pincus. The video, which has received over 1. It shows Gotye and Kimbra naked against a white backdrop. While they sing, a pattern of paint gradually covers their skin and the backdrop via stop motion animation.