For real life experiments with sound and vision check out multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter Wouter “Wally” De Backer — better known by his stage name Gotye — on Monday at Neo Studio. The Belgian-Australian rocketed to fame with Somebody That I Used to Know, a single off of his most recent album Making Mirrors, which was recently nominated for Best International Male at the 2013 Brit Awards.
His voice, often compared to Sting and Peter Gabriel, is only one of the reasons he’s become so popular. The other is his artistic sensibility that has led to the creation of the video for the song: it is the 15th most viewed video of all time, and the number four most liked on YouTube. Although he achieved some success and recognition with two previous releases, Boardface in 2003 and Like Drawing Blood in 2006, it was the viral nature of the single and it’s artistic paint-by-numbers video that gained him international recognition.
■ Gotye, Monday at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm) at NeoStudio, 5F, 22 Songshou Rd, Taipei (台北市松壽路22號5樓). Tickets are NT$1,600, NT$1,800 at the door.
Instrumental experimental band Blood Orange will play a live show at Underworld tonight for the first time in over two years, since their guitar player Anthony Medeiros left the band to spend more time with his family.
The remaining duo, consisting of drummer Jubba Van Wyk and bassist Kader Bellahouel, have been rehearsing together every week since then, and have added sounds and samples with a laptop, with Van Wyk experimenting on Ableton.
“We’re trying to surprise the audience with some mad tempo and unexpected changes touching different kinds of music like hardcore, jazz, reggae, dub and noise,” said Kader Bellahouel. “We love what we’re doing 120 percent, and sometimes we’re trying to push our limits just for the fun!”
They didn’t originally intend to remain a duo: “Of course, we tried different people, guitar, piano, DJ, about 10 — then we decided to stop,” said Bellahouel. “But it didn’t work out. With Jub, we think that people so far don’t understand our music [or] the way we play, or perhaps, they don’t know what to play!”
“We’re still open to try anyone,” Van Wyk said. “But we’ve found a level of strength in performing together that kind of scares away new comers.”
■ Tomorrow with Posh Inverse, 9pm at Underworld (地下社會), B1, 45 Shida Rd, Taipei City (台北市師大路45號B1). Admission is NT$300 and includes one drink.
The experimental gets even more mental from tomorrow with the first series of events from new production crew Taiwan Boredom, culminating in a mini-festival Sunday at Pipe Live House. Organizer Allen Liu (劉培倫), better known as @llenblow from the group Hanging in the Air, got the idea for the name from Japanese friends who have a company called Tokyo Boredom. Liu decided to bring over Japanese bands to “introduce the live dub scene to Taiwan.”
One of his favorite acts, Arakajime Kimerareta Koibito Tachi e (For Pre-determined Lovers), a project by Shouji Ikenaga, agreed to come after playing a show with Hanging in the Air in Tokyo last spring.
The group (known to their fans as Arakoi) have a chaotic, noisy and fun sound, blending and playing with styles that range from dub to post rock with added weirdness and creativity via instruments such as the Theremin, melodica and a process that involves looping, musical jump cuts, and collage.