After making waves on the blogosphere with his cover of Blackstreet’s No Diggity, electronic soul man Chet Faker has indeed risen remarkably in the past 12 months. Now, men and women alike are asking themselves – “Who is that bearded man whose voice makes me want to rip my clothes off?” That would be 23 year old solo artist Nick Murphy. Hailing from Melbourne, his pseudonym is a play on 1950s jazz hero Chet Baker, of whom he is a great admirer.
A man with one of the most captivatingly cathartic voices in his generation – he will make you breathless . We’ve been waiting for you Chet Faker, welcome.
The 2012 release of Thinking In Textures, his seven track debut EP, affirms that his song-writing and producing capabilities are beyond fresh. With a sound that is smooth and chill as it is brooding and soulful, he has claimed Breakthrough Independent Artist and Best Independent Single/EP at the 2012 Jagermeister Independent Music Awards, as well as coming in at #24 with the steamy track I’m Into You in triple j’s Hottest 100 and his growing acclaim shows no sign of stopping soon.
Murphy’s dark and smoky voice is faintly reminiscent of Brighton-based musician and producer Fink upon first listening. Yet, the stripped back, layered beats are saturated in such style and class he has mastered a sound that clearly his own. His introspective lyrics over serenely cool, urban backdrops makes Thinking In Textures a perfect soundtrack to downbeat dinner parties or wooing someone into bed.
“A seamless concept album, his debut EP Thinking In Textures traces a woozy, debauched journey over seven slow jams that join the current conversation in hallucinatory R&B, soul and indie electronica; the kind stimulated in recent years by the likes of James Blake, Frank Ocean, Salem and The Weeknd. “ – Mess + Noise
“One man, one pseudonym, a whole lotta hype. It’s not Chet Faker’s doing, but nonetheless, it his progression from unknown to public property can’t be ignored. Having carefully crafted a sound, an image, and a slim-but-excellent set of songs, the rising 23 year-old Melburnian hit number one on Hype Machine with a sultry cover of Blackstreet’s No Diggity.” – Faster Louder
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