Nick Murphy has revived his Chet Faker moniker to release an infectious new tune ‘Low’ that breathes a gust of fresh air into Australia’s long lost and much-loved indie-electronic alter-ego.
After almost 5 years of silence, Chet Faker has been thrust back into the music scene with a fresh new single ‘Low’ that will excite fans all around the world as this release marks the return of one of Australia’s biggest musical projects. As a master of electronica and downtempo soul music, Chet Faker has made a glorious return with this single signalling more to come.
‘Low’ is a slow tempo tune that sounds very similar to Chet Faker’s earlier singles including ‘No Diggity’ and ‘Gold’ incorporating various electronic elements and Murphys stand out vocals. With a bass-heavy exterior, this new track draws you in whilst adding catchy bass guitar and buoyant floating sounds that bring a sense of vibrancy to the song. A touch of emotion can be heard through those classic silky Chet Faker vocal additions that make this track feel like Faker never disappeared. Transporting us back several years when Chet Faker was at his prime, this new bop feels like Faker’s sound has only aged better with time.
It’s been a long while since Nick Murphy announced on Facebook in 2016, “It’s been half a decade since I started releasing music as Chet Faker and all of you have been the driving force behind the music since. There’s an evolution happening and I wanted to let you know where it’s going. The next record will be under my own name, Nick Murphy. Chet Faker will always be a part of the music. This is next.” Since this announcement, the artist has been sharing a collection of releases under his name Nick Murphy including 2017’s Missing Link EP and 2019’s Run Fast Sleep Naked album. Despite his change in name and persona the artist never reached the same level of success as his Chet Faker project.
Talking to NME in 2016 Nick Murphy spoke about dropping his Chet Faker alias, “When I started Chet Faker it was always a project. It’s been almost half a decade now playing music and doing this and at some point it stops feeling like a project, it’s just my life now,” Murphy said.
“I try not to call it an end or conclusion, it’s more of a progression. It’s not that what I was doing is done, it’s just that what I’m doing now has more coming in. Rather than a shift in the spectrum it’s a widening of the spectrum, if that makes sense.”
‘Low’ is the first piece of music from Chet Faker since his 2015 Marcus Marr-collaborative EP Work following years of success in the music industry. In 2014 his debut LP Built On Glass landed number 1 on the ARIA Charts, Faker also toured the world with sold-out shows, headlined major international music festivals, and collaborated with stars in the music industry including iconic Australian DJ and producer, Flume.
‘Low’ is also the first track Faker has released under the label BMG Australia & New Zealand which he was recently signed to. “For Nick Murphy to bring the Chet Faker project back to life and trust the BMG team in his home market to execute this surprise return is a great honour for our team,” said Heath Johns, Managing Director for BMG Australia & New Zealand.
The new single also comes with a music video that brings a sense of quirky edginess to the song with psych-infused graphics placed over images of Chet Faker singing on television.
Enjoy this new music from the one and only Chet Faker who has risen to save your 2020.
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