New Zealand singer and songwriter from Auckland, Benee, has released her cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.”
“Somebody That I Used to Know” was originally sang by Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter Gotye, featuring New Zealand singer Kimbra.
The song was released in Australia and New Zealand by Eleven Music on 5 July 2011 as the second single from Gotye’s third studio album, Making Mirrors (2011).
It was later released by Universal Music in December 2011 in the United Kingdom, and 20 January 2012 in the United States and Ireland. “Somebody That I Used to Know” was written and recorded by Gotye at his parents’ house on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia, and is lyrically related to the experiences he has had with relationships.
“Somebody That I Used to Know” is a mid-tempo ballad. It samples Luiz Bonfá’s instrumental “Seville” from his 1967 album Luiz Bonfa Plays Great Songs.
It also incorporates the first nine notes of the popular nursery rhyme, ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’, played on a xylophone, as an opening refrain and sparsely recurring motif in other parts of the song.
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 100 poll at the end of 2011, 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.
The song came ninth in the Triple J Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years, 2013. In 2013, the song won two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year.
BENEE is 2020’s breakout indie pop phenomenon, a fervent audience growing around her groove-drenched sound and quirky lyrical take on the world. June 2019 saw her drop FIRE ON MARZZ, a debut EP featuring hits Soaked, Glitter, Evil Spider all recorded at Golden Age studio in her hometown of Auckland with producer Josh Fountain of LEISURE.
A second EP, STELLA & STEVE, saw BENEE introduce her first feature guests as Gus Dapperton jumped on the irrepressible bop Supalonely and jack berry on Drifting. It also included her Halloween treat Monsta and Triple J Australia chart topper Find An Island.
BENEE has sold out shows from London and New York to all across Australia and NZ. She’s played Spilt Milk and Laneway festivals and toured the US with Conan Gray. She claimed four NZ Aotearoa Music Awards in 2019 and another three in 2020, twice taking home prizes for Best Single and Best Pop Artist. Josh Fountain also collected the Producer of the Year award in 2019 and 2020.
Supalonely has gone on to become one of the most popular songs of 2020, reaching Platinum in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and many more countries.
BENEE released her album Hey u x in late 2020 which featured collaborations with Grimes, Lily Allen, Mallrat, Flo Milli, Muroki, Bakar and Kenny Beats.