Superlatones: Best Hidden Talent

Lately, it seems that we are hearing more and more from new and unexpected partnerships between artists of different genres. This is why, through Superlatones, we are creating our very own directory”a musical wish-list, if you will”of artists who have yet to join the collaborative bandwagon.

As musicians, we come to understand music in a myriad of different ways. Depending on what instrument we play or value most, we tend to tune in to specific parts of a song: a drum solo, a complicated guitar riff, a fun bass line. This week, we feature artists known for their catchy tunes and great production quality; but instead of analyzing the composition of their songs, we are focusing on a different aspect of their music that the rest of the world seems to take for granted: their voice.

The Dynamic Duo:
Foster the People
and Gotye


Indie pop band Foster the People is composed of Mark Foster, Cubbie Fink and Mark Pontius. Starting as commercial jingle writers in Los Angeles, the group has come a long way since, recently performing at the GRAMMYs along with Maroon 5 and the Beach Boys. With their funky beats, melodic synth and the viral success of their song “Pumped Up Kicks”, it’s no wonder that Mark Foster’s voice sometimes gets lost in the hype, but fans can attest that the band just wouldn’t be the same without his distinct tone.

Gotye is the stage name of Belgian-Australian producer and musician Wouter De Backer, who is best known for the international hit “Somebody That I Used to Know”. As the story goes, the singer produced and recorded his album Making Mirrors in his parent’s barn, experimenting with different instruments in order to find unique features to add to his music. Still, behind all that creativity is a voice that brings everything together and warrants comparisons to the likes of Phil Collins and Sting.

Now, the reason these two acts have received so much attention is because they have turned pop music on its head. They’ve taken their craft, and in their own unique way used their knowledge to create exciting new music. That said, we think a project showcasing the voices of Gotye and Mark Foster would be equally thrilling. Foster’s falsetto has always played a huge part in his songs, while Gotye belts notes like a pro with a signature non-chalance. To hear their voices blend would be an interesting dynamic, as well as a great display of their raw talent.

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