Gotye has spoken about his plans for the follow-up to his very successful third album ‘Making Mirrors’.
The singer, whose real name is Wouter De Backer, released the album in August 2011 and began recording it as early as 2009. Speaking to NME about the plans for a follow-up, the singer said he had a few ideas and wanted to make a “more traditional” record this time round.
Asked about his plans for his fourth album, Gotye said: “I can’t put a timeline on it. But I do know that I’d like to do a more traditional record, focusing more on chords and harmonies and things like that. I’d like to collaborate more with people and make more use of my band, rather than just me working on my own.”
Then asked how much material he had, the singer replied: “I work in stages, I usually need to withdraw for a while and experiment with things before my better ideas start floating to the top. I have a lot of unfinished things and demos from the last record, but I usually like to start afresh when I make a new record, so going by my previous track record, a couple of years wouldn’t be out of the question.”
De Backer also said he doubted that the success of ‘Making Mirrors’, and in particular lead-off single ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, would change the way he worked.
He added: “It’ll [the recording budget] be driven by the music, that’s all. The success of this album means I might allow myself a bigger budget, but I don’t think more money would be a big benefit to my music.”
Then asked if he’d thought about any producers in particular, the singer said: “There’s a guy called Tony Maserati, who I’m a big fan of, I’d like to work with him. There’s also Damian Taylor, who I’m a big admirer of, he’s doing The Killers right now and I think we’d work really well.”
Gotye is currently touring the US. You can watch the video for ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.