Gotye Wants 'State of the Art' To Be His Next U.S. Single
Gotye says that he has received some pressure to release the title track to "Making Mirrors" as the album's next U.S. single, but Wally De Backer tells Billboard that he'd like to go in a different direction.
"I'd like to see the song 'State Of The Art' as a single - whether many people would do that or not - I'm really proud of that song," says Gotye. "It's one of my favorites. It's a peculiar pop song and is probably the most unique song on the record."
The chart-topping multi-instrumentalist admits that, while there are more obvious single choices, he sees more of a benefit in taking the riskier route. "I think it would be a better idea to be bolder and pick that song and just see how people really take that," he says, explaining that he plans to sit down with his management to finalize plans once the current tour wraps.
While radio listeners have grown accustomed to hearing "Somebody That I Used To Know" at least twice a day, Gotye says he hasn't become tired of the single. "I don't get to listen to the radio that much so I'm not yet overexposed to it," he says. "My relationship with the music hasn't really changed much even with all the response to the song."
The Belgian-Australian singer did mention that he hasn't exactly been thrilled with versions that he's heard on American airwaves. "When I was in L.A. recently, I was in the car and I tuned to a few pop stations and I heard two different artificial remixes that were both really crap. I was like, 'Oh goodness. Is this what people are hearing when they hear my song?'"
As far as what's next, Gotye would like to explore projects that incorporate both audio and visuals. " I had so much fun making this mashup 'Somebody' cover that I put on my YouTube channel," he says. "I might look for other projects like that but I haven't really started working on new material. I might not really get a chance to until next year." However, Gotye admits that he hasn't given much thought to the next album, but there are producers and musicians that he'd like to work with. He would also like to do some more recording with his band. "I'd like to add a more live feel - people playing in a room together rather than it being collaged together. That's a process I'd like to explore on the coming record."
Gotye is in the midst of a world tour that will wrap in time for the holidays. He then plans to take time to relax with family and friends before focusing on new material. "It takes me a while to make records and I've found that as much as I've tried to write on the road in the past, it's never been particularly fruitful. There's too much stimulation. I need to withdraw and in a way be isolated or get a little bit bored to push myself to create things. My process has always been one of trying to find interesting things to explore and to find things that surprise me - that leads me to making music that I wouldn't expect - the less pre meditated, the better."