FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016|
Posted by: Mike Montemarano
It can't be understated how much of a blow the loss of Prince has been to the music community. In a total outpour of stories and reflections about the legend, it was heartwarming how many nice things musicians who met him had to say about Prince, including Gotye, who won a 2013 Grammy which was handed to him by the icon.
In paying homage to the man who handed him that award, Gotye recorded a distraught acapella rendition of "Sometimes It Snows In April." The lo-fi silence, and his voice unassisted by anything, really adds to the emotionally turbulent tone.
Prince's embodiment of love, fiery passion, and constantly rebelling against those who attemped to impose on his valued artistic freedom has touched countless others who struggle with themselves. It's tough to lose that sense of iconoclastic showmanship and songwriting, but in an acapella cover of the 1986 track, things get incredibly stripped down and barren, which in a way illustrates what the music world has lost but needs to hold onto in his legacy.
The rocking fantasies that he brought to life onstage allowed for people to suspend any disbeliefs they had, even if just in the momentary experiences they had witnessing him in any way, and Prince had the sheer talent to bring that to life in a way that so few artists can. In many ways, the world has been stripped of that, just as the sullen rendition of his work by Gotye illustrates.
The five-minute track is almost all too silent, and it's gripping to hear someone who was so heavily influenced by Prince to brood over the already sullen ballad about death in April. It's a succinct and totally heartbroken choice of paying respects in the wake of the tragedy.