Well, the days of Chet Faker are over. The moniker of the Australian singer-songwriter/producer has been scraped, and instead he will now be performing and writing music under his real name: Nick Murphy.
As an evolutionary change of sorts, Murphy shared a statement on Facebook earlier this week:
“its 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.
theres an evolution happening and I wanted to let you know where its 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.”
Along with the name change, his music has also shifted, reaching deeper into the experimental realm, and incorporating stronger effects and a more aggressive energy. Murphy has chosen to begin the new chapter of his career by sharing the first look in the form of “Fear Less”. Opening in soft, Faker-esuqe fashion, the new single quickly becomes doused in varying textures, as Murphy’s voice finds a sharper edge, before the electronic instrumentation opens up and unleashes a much darker side, sharing shadowy similarities to a passionate Trent Reznor.
Listen below, and head to his website for more updates. As well, you can catch him on tour this fall, performing material new and old (dates below).
Oct 27 Paris, FR – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris @ Grande Halle de La Villette
Nov 09 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton (w. Cleopold)
Nov 28 New York, NY – Webster Hall
Nov 30 Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel @ Red Bull Sound Select – 30 Days in LA (w. River Tibur)
Dec 03 Miami, FL – Magic City Warehouse @ Art Basel (w. Mount Kimbie)
Dec 17-18 Houston, TX – Day For Night Music & Arts Festival
Jan 21 Singapore – The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay+
Jan 26 Brisbane, AU – Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills+
Jan 28 Melbourne, AU – Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) And The River’s Edge+
Jan 30 Auckland, NZ – Albert Park Precinct+
Feb 03 Adelaide, AU – Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide+
Feb 04 Sydney, AU – Sydney College Of The Arts (SCA), Rozelle+
Feb 05 Fremantle, AU – Esplanade Reserve And West End+
+ Laneway Festival 2017 Dates