Gotye noted that the instrumentals were “faithful” to his original, but he took issue with the vocals: “The vocals were that pop ‘Glee style,’ ultra-dry, sounded pretty tuned.” He went on to say that he didn’t hear any “real sense” behind it, and that it sounded “like it’s playing to you from a cardboard box.”
Those comments created a big stir, so Goyte felt he had to clarify his what he said.
During a performance for Los Angeles radio station 98.7 on Monday afternoon, Gotye explained that in the earlier interview he was referring to how “the nature of using reverb and space in a recording can change your perception of how a sound appeals to you.” He was actually criticizing, “this xylophone hook in my song — it’s kind of dinky not just in the cover version but the original song.” He remarked that somehow “that becomes the Glee cover I hated and Darren Criss is an asshole,” adding, “I thought it was really clever to transpose the song to two guys … It was a great idea.”
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