Gotye (pronounced gore-ti-yeah) is the project of Melbourne-based Wouter “Wally” DeBacker. A Triple J favourite, he has independently released two albums, Boardface (2004) and Like Drawing Blood (2006), which won an ARIA in 2006 for Best Independent Release.
He is described on his website as
(i) a reclusive hunchback with a penchant for blue cheese and a horrible flatulence problem, (ii) a leading Soviet authority on ancient and early modern Russian political, economic and social history or (iii) a debilitating affliction of the neck (resulting from a childhood inattention to spelling), in actual fact, Gotye is just a young Australian fellow named Wally De Backer who makes music in his bedroom.
His website is pretty cute, although his myspace page appears to be more up to date. You can check him out at the Laneway Festivals which take place in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney in February.