Chet Faker
Thinking in Textures


4.0
excellent

Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
October 10th, 2012 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bon Iver with beats

Nick Murphy (prominently known as Chet Faker) is a success story for any DIY artist to aspire towards. In the mid to late 2000’s Murphy was struggling in between bands, either through his solo folk styling’s of Atlas Murphy or the alt-rock group The Sunday Kick’s and making his income by buying and selling music gear through eBay. Though, his trivial experimentation and explorations through the Chet Faker name have created Murphy his most successful musical story, after a homemade demo slow-jam cover of Blackstreet’s ‘No Diggity’ was juiced out all around the world and went viral via social media and gained an illustrious spot on the BBC1 Zane Lowe slot of up and coming artists. Murphy himself suggested that this project was not really meant to lead into anything bigger, stating, “I sat down and thought 'You know what, I'm going to just write music that I really want to write and that I think is cool.' I suppose it would have been weird to have to turn around and to have to sell it to people.” Yet, the popularity of the cover of course created interest to the originals that Murphy had produced, and with Thinking In Textures we gain a tremendous delivery of wavering soundscapes, masterful sampling and some catchy beats that are definitely cool.

Thinking In Textures is an EP that tells you exactly what it is upfront. Murphy has literally produced an album that is floating through textural changes, faint guidelines of direction and relaxed instrumentation. The opener, ‘I’m Onto You’ is a perfect example of the subtlety that is placed throughout the remaining tracks, as the song swims through layered vocals and basic synth lines with distant drum tracks. There is nothing complicated in the sound, yet the grooves are felt to be the perfect setting for the smooth and jarring vocals of Murphy. Electronica with soul is the most apt description of the Faker sound, as Murphy dips and dives lyrically on love, lust and loss which accompanies the soundtrack harmoniously as it oozes subliminally to the mind.

“And now you've got me here, aware
I see through the innocence
I know the way is getting hard

But it's sold away for losing crib
Music keeps me spirited
But nothing can compare the way”




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Douglas
October 9th 2012


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is so chill.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cBlBczvYH8c

Obviously not Bon Iver. He just rocks a mean beard, and his voice is wicked.

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DinoX
October 9th 2012


3582 Comments


hate chill music

Douglas
October 9th 2012


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't chill then man.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2012


50432 Comments


chill out dino

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Douglas
October 10th 2012


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

take a chill pill and delve into the depths of the chillness

...but in all serious-ness this is fantastic.

Douglas
October 10th 2012


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Double post stupidity... and you guys should check it.

Beinagrinde
October 10th 2012


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review, and a fantastic release, would honestly rate the EP higher if there were more tracks, my only fault with it.

Douglas
October 10th 2012


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks mate. Yeah let's hope he releases more!

Douglas
November 23rd 2012


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Read first comment

Douglas
November 23rd 2012


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Resistance is futile

tommygun
September 8th 2013


24954 Comments


rules

Cygnatti
September 8th 2013


21352 Comments


Chet baker >
:]

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tommygun
September 8th 2013


24954 Comments


tee hee

qwe3
October 31st 2013


21362 Comments


more people should check this out, guy has a fantastic ear for hooks and melody and hes got some pipes on him too

tommygun
October 31st 2013


24954 Comments


agreed

Douglas
November 2nd 2013


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah man, his new single Melt is fucking rad



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