Faker sounds like real deal

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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

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