The multiple viewpoints — which include Kimbra's dramatic entrance singing in the last part of the video — seem part and parcel of the song's universal appeal. Anyone can identify.

"The lack of authority that both of the writers in the song have— you know, me and Kimbra— I think that's one of the central parts of the song, that nobody can really be sure how the other felt in the relationship, and then sometimes it's hard to know how you feel. You can go through something resembling sweet melancholy and reflection to supremely angsty hatred."

The uniqueness of the skyrocketing popularity of "Somebody That I Used to Know" isn't lost on Gotye either — he professes a complete lack of concern over a follow-up.

"I'm pretty sure none of the other songs on my record are going to go as outlandishly well as this song, so on some level I'm not worried; I don't lose sleep about it. I do think about what I'll do next musically. . . . I should totally do a lute record — that would be hilarious."

GOTYE + KIMBRA | House of Blues | 15 Lansdowne St, Boston | March 29 @ 7 pm | 617. 693.2583 or hob.com/boston

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