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Alternative & Indie - Released July 16, 2021 | BMG Rights Management (Australia) Pty Ltd.

Reviving the Chet Faker persona he'd abandoned back in 2016, Nick Murphy finds salvation in the hypnotic grooves and dark electronic soul of Hotel Surrender. Faker's breakout 2014 debut was a chilled-out delight of crafty trip-hop beats, jazzy sway, and disarmingly rich vocals. The two follow-up records he made under his given name found the Australian singer/producer nurturing his organic pop tendencies to strong critical response but lackluster chart performance. Back in Faker mode, he wields an effortless sense of cool, assembling a set of mood pieces that are cathartic in a subtle and often joyful way. Recording in New York just as the city was entering the 2020 pandemic lockdown, Murphy was dealt an additional blow by the sudden death of his father. Shaded by tragedy and global tension, he recast his project as a form of therapy in the hopes of offering some shred of inspiration, to himself and others. Laid out like a mission statement in the spoken intro of "Oh Me Oh My," Faker intones with weary wonder "Music does something, I don't know what it does, I just accept it as the sky is blue." As the track kicks in, he delivers a tour de force full of slinky charm and quirky asides sounding like a hip-hop Andrew Bird or a bluesy Beck. Another highlight, "Low," is full of bootstrapping affirmations and eerie dub-like sonic details. As Faker rolls through dreamy electro soundscapes ("Whatever Tomorrow") and funky neo-soul ("Feel Good" and "So Long So Lonely''), he sounds more fascinated by life's turns than bummed out by them. Proof that you can't keep a good man down, Hotel Surrender is a testament to Murphy's skills as an artist and his attitude as a person. © Timothy Monger /TiVo

Soul - Released May 22, 2012 | Opulent

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Pop - Released March 6, 2020 | Detail Records

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Electronic - Released February 5, 2021 | BMG Rights Management (Australia) Pty Ltd.

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Electronic - Released October 2, 2020 | BMG Rights Management (Australia) Pty Ltd.

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Electronic - Released April 16, 2021 | BMG Rights Management (Australia) Pty Ltd.

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Electronic - Released April 14, 2014 | Future Classic

Seeing as how his come-up number was a trip-hop cover of "No Diggity" and his name is a Kurt Vile-like play on jazz great Chet Baker, Australian electronica producer Nick Murphy aka Chet Faker arrives with two overly clever strikes against him, at least on the surface. Tricky thing is, those who dig into that Blackstreet cover finds themselves enveloped in a warm, soulful slinker of the highest order, but the even better news is that Built on Glass is a rich debut, falling between the two hypotheticals of a James Blake record inspired by joy or a Beck album that should be filed under the category of "earnest." The lyrics offer a lazy fascination with subjects like love, loss, and afternoons off, while swaying tempos support sounds like bubbling house music, jazzy, Joe Pass-like guitar passages, and Faker's warm vocals, which are as if Eddie Vedder were born a slow soul man. The great "Talk Is Cheap" is broken beat house with a wonderful Boz Scaggs feel, while "Cigarettes & Loneliness" is a compositional triumph with interwoven guitars and Faker's lovelorn singing holding the listener's hand as a whirling dervish develops on a rainy Sunday. The volume is only pumped up to a Derrick May or Carl Craig level as highlight "1998" bubbles with that Detroit techno feel, and yet sticking with subdued suits the artist at this point. Built on Glass isn't so much limited as it is a wonderful mood piece, so think calm and cool with purpose, and then get hip to the restrained and resonating sound of Faker. © David Jeffries /TiVo
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Electronic - Released June 4, 2021 | BMG Rights Management (Australia) Pty Ltd.

Pop - Released February 14, 2020 | Detail Records

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Electronic - Released May 14, 2021 | BMG Rights Management (Australia) Pty Ltd.

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 2, 2013 | Future Classic

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 26, 2019 | Future Classic - Opulent

Alternative & Indie - Released March 9, 2018 | Triple J

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Electronic - Released February 12, 2014 | Future Classic

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Electronic - Released May 10, 2017 | Future Classic

Missing Link is the debut release from Nick Murphy (previously Chet Faker). Moving in a different musical direction than his previous work, the EP finds Murphy dipping into Afro-beat, R&B, and soul for inspiration. © Rich Wilson /TiVo
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Electronic - Released November 4, 2016 | Future Classic

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Electronic - Released April 11, 2014 | Future Classic

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Electronic - Released July 29, 2015 | Future Classic

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 18, 2019 | Future Classic

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Electronic - Released September 16, 2016 | Future Classic

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