Over the past couple of years, I’ve written quite a bit about the Melbourne, Australia-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter and producer Nick Murphy, who for the first few years of his tremendous run of internationally acclaimed success went under the moniker Chet Faker. Last year, Murphy announced that after a lengthy run with Chet Faker, he felt it was time to retire it — and to record new material that reflected a change in sonic direction. Interestingly, with the atmospheric “Fear Less,” shimmering arpeggio synths, stuttering drumming, an insistent and throbbing bass line and an anthemic hook form a chilly and dramatic bed, with which Murphy’s plaintive and tender falsetto floats above. And whereas his previously released material drew heavily from soul and electro pop, “Fear Less” draws from the likes of Coldplay, U2 and others — while retaining the deeply personal and visceral songwriting that has won him international attention.
Check out this live footage of Murphy performing his latest single at Brixton Academy.