Easy Way Out: Gotye’s New Video

Even when you’ve hit a slump, Life keeps walking on. But how long could you last before the pain catches up with you?

Gotye comes back with yet another post break-up song. After the hit “Somebody That I Used to Know”, he returns with a new video for “Easy Way Out”.

Seventeen seconds and I’m over it
Ready for the disconnect
Putting on a brave face
Trying not to listen
To the voices in the back of my head
 
But it’s alright now
(It’s a distant memory baby)
Alright now
(You know you should just let it go)
Some feelings have a habit of persisting
Even though you wouldn’t let it show
 
Wearing me out
(All this)
Hanging around
(It just starts)
Getting me down
(‘Til I’m just)
Looking for an easy way out
 
Brain-dead from boredom
I’m led to distraction
Scratching the surface of life
Nothing really happens
But it’s easy to keep busy
When you tell yourself you’re traveling right
 
But it’s alright now
(Was it really worth it baby?)
Alright now
(Was it just a waste of time?)
Keep on second-guessing
Use my memory like a weapon
On everything I try
 
Wearing me out
(All this)
Hanging around
(It just starts)
Getting me down
(‘Til I’m just)
Looking for an easy way out
 
Wearing me out
(But it’s alright now)
Hanging around
(Alright now)
Getting me down
(But it’s alright now)
Looking for an easy way out

Gotye portrays the continuous daily struggle of just living like nothing happened, like pain can be denied and the past could so easily be forgotten. It’s about containing yourself and not being bitter. Just live like everything is absolutely okay and there were no problems—that’s how you win a break-up. So you wake up, get dressed, have breakfast, go to work, take the train home, shower, then sleep.


Then you wake up.

You get dressed.

You mindlessly burn your morning paper, lose your head in your job, and just ruin everything.

Thought that moving on was easy? Think again. It takes time, a lot of time. And even when you try to just be okay, you won’t be until you admit the fact that you’re angry, or hurt, or tired and regretful. Pain, regret, depression and all the rest of them are like your psychological demons. You have to say their names to exorcise them. You have to recognize them before you could be rid of them.

Saying too early on into it that you’re cool with each other, and you could go on being friends is exactly how you turn into those notorious Somebody-That-I-Used-To-Know’s.  You aren’t ready to be all buddy-buddy. And as far as things go, that person still deserves a kick in the arsenal for not sticking with you to soldier on.

So you’re hurt. So you’re angry. So you’re damn well bitter. So what?

The most important part about admitting that you’re hurt is the thing that people tend to overlook: you have to lower your pride, and just accept the fact that you’re human too. You can feel pain, and in fact you have every right to feel that way. Slap the next person to tell you to live without regrets. Your regrets are yours and you can have them. And you can use them to save your heart from a lot of grief and just take care of yourself better. But for now, feel free to wallow in remorse for the amount of time you wasted caring about the wrong one. That’s just how things go.

There is no easy way out of it. You have to take the time and let yourself be hurt and stop acting so invincible all the time.

Let me just say that my favorite part of this video is seeing Gotye in a suit. IN A SUIT.

Gotye really captures all this into one song. He doesn’t have to obviously scream out his message like how he did in Somebody That I Used to Know. Easy Way Out moves you like all the questions that play in your head while you’re stuck in the dark tunnel of your own regrets, trying to desperately claw your way out, finding the light at the end of it all.

The cinematic itself, however, was a combination of continuous panorama, much like Ellie Goulding’s Under the Sheets. But the animation, like from his previous video, still makes use of stop-motion animation with the combination of Claymation. It feels like putting Gotye in a box house with clay and cardboard puppets. And that claymated cat reminds me of the Cheshire Cat from a fanmade Alice 2 teaser video.

Over-all the song and the video production is yet another one to put on the list of the most creative things you will ever get to witness in your life. Granted, if you’re me, that’d be one huge list, but still. It’s part of it.


I encourage everyone to get Gotye’s latest album, Making Mirrors. Along with the 12 tracks is a remix of Somebody That I Used to Know. And by buying the original, you not only support the artist, you get a copy of the lyric book, beautifully made with the water color tile art style.

Don’t worry, they’re not all break up songs.

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