Although released in April of 2014, Built on Glass, the debut studio album, from Australian producer Nicholas James Murphy (AKA Chet Faker) continues to excite with every listen.
This multilayered electro-pop L.P. builds on simple melodic themes where synth beats seek to accompany and compliment the melt worthy vocals of Murphy. Punctuated with an accomplished sophistication in its production, Built on Glass features some classic tracks that are guaranteed to be instant repeats on your playlist.
The haunting emotional taunt of “To Me” is somber and brooding all with the right interjection of soulfulness to draw us into Murphy’s troubles. Meanwhile and arguably one of the most recognisable tracks of the album, “Talk Is Cheap” begins with the groove of the saxophone in the opening bars and prepares the listener for a sexy journey. This is juxtaposed against the upbeat “Gold” with catchy melody and a cool little backbeat pattern.
In “Melt” Murphy again surprises with a playful flute line mixing it up with the right balance against the uber moody synths and electro beats. Finished off with a cameo from Kilo Kish, it’s her smoky vocals that add the right layer of character to this track.
Murphy delivers an album without any bad tracks in sight – a rarity in any production. He does at times skirt on the edges of pedestrian jazz – however his ability to layer the tracks ensures the right level of complexity to mitigate any risk that he ever goes over that edge.
Chet Faker is currently on tour – for details head to his website here