Faker sounds like real deal
Faker is getting used to life in the fast lane. The Melbourne producer (real name Nick Murphy) has attracted a following since illuminating his talents at the South By SouthWest music conference in Austin, Texas. His song I’m Into You ranked the most popular track on the global music aggregator Hype Machine and won over BBC radio taste makers Zane Lowe and Rob da Bank. The 22-year-old’s rapid rise is a stark contrast to his laidback and soulful electronica. The lush grooves of his seven-track debut EP, Thinking in Textures, suggest a discovery that will be long-lasting as well as far-reaching. ‘‘When all the buzz started, it was pretty overwhelming and I spent a lot of time wondering if I deserved it,’’ Murphy says. ‘‘I found that the best way for my state of mind was not to think about it and just go with it.’’ Much of the talk has come from music reviewers wrestling between influences to classify Thinking In Textures. Terms have ranged from ‘‘post dubstep’’ to ‘‘electro soul’’ (the worst description Murphy heard was ‘‘indie RnB’’) and when pressed he calls it ‘‘new soul with a bit of electronica’’. Inspired by British producer James Blake, the soul element emerged last year when Murphy released his breakthrough cover of the Backstreet 1996 classic No Diggity. The more organic nature of his songwriting, characterised by a laconic but powerful voice, is something Murphy intends to highlight at the Laneway Festival.
Chet Faker, Alpine, Pond, The Rubens and more play the Laneway Festival, in Brisbane, on February 1. Visit lanewayfestival.com.au
Melbourne’s Chet Faker