Artist of the Week: Chet Faker
Chet Faker (aka Nick Murphy) an Australian electronic musician that has gained quickly a huge amount of hype and critical appraisal in 2011 thanks to his first upload to the Internet, a smooth cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”, that went #1 on the Hypemachine chart. The following year, he released his debut EP Thinking In Textures, which ended up gaining the Best Independent Single/EP trophy at the Australian Independent Records Awards, and teamed up in 2013 with Aussie fellow Flume to deliver the Lockjaw EP.
If both previous Eps were promising efforts that prompted comparisons with James Blake and How To Dress Well, his first and recently released first full-length Built On Glass proves that Chet Faker has gone a long way to find his own voice amidst different hybrid genres such as soulful electronica, krautrocked R&B, chilled-out crooning and plain trip-hop nostalgia. One can only hope that he will keep exploring so successfully what’s beyond those shifty frontiers.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.