Nick Murphy, is a Melbourne, Australia-based singer/songwriter/producer who writes, performs and records under the moniker of Chet Faker. And as Chet Faker, Murphy has won the attention of the press in his homeland, the blogosphere and the international press for a soulful, electronic based sound that bears some resemblance to the likes of D’Angelo – and believe it or not, Hall and Oates.
Murphy’s most recent collaboration with the Delmarva Peninsula-based emcee Goldlink revealed that Murphy was an unapologetic perfectionist, who has the ability to craft a slick and catchy hook.
His full-length debut, Built on Glass released earlier this year may arguably put Murphy on the international map as an artist to pay attention to – in particular, “Gold” the latest video and single off the album possesses elements of hip-hop, contemporary R&B and soul, jazz, and the blues. And as a producer, Murphy manages to create a soundscape as the song is comprised of eerily swirling electronics, flashes of cymbals, four on the floor drums, keyboards, handclaps and Murphy’s plaintively crooned lyrics about a lover who has left the song’s narrator desperate, confused and anxious.
The video is comprised of some haunting visuals – three seductive skaters, skating on a desolate highway for what seems to be endless miles until the sun comes up.