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Having gained notoriety on Youtube with some soulful covers of big electronic/hiphop tracks including Burial (sans gritty percussion), Aussie songsmith Nick Murphy drops his debut album under the mildly irritating Chet Faker name.
While billed as an electronica musician on various sites, the majority of the songs lie within a bluesy singer songwriter framework with beats underneath and a few synths and samples here and there. Using the electric piano as a centrepiece gives the group immediate soul cred, as does the Justin Vernon falsetto vocal style adopted by Murphy. Heartfelt backing voices join him on ‘To Me’ bringing a lil bit of gospel into the mix, over a relatively barebones 2-drums-and-bassline pattern. A lot of the first half of the record is like this - restrained and exposed, like a better version of Deptford Goth. Once the second half kicks in, you’re confronted with some neat slowhouse drum machine beats which is a welcome change of pace that wouldn’t occur to outfits like DG. Lyrically it stays exactly the same, talking about love and loss and feelings and all that.
While this guy listens to a lot of Bon Iver, he & his band have managed to craft quite a lovely album of easygoing but occasionally invigorating songs with heartwarming lyrics and vocals to boot. It’s hard not to leave the record satisfied after the lull of final track ‘Dead Body’ - go on, try.
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