Following an artist from the very beginning is always a rewarding journey for music lovers. In a way, it feels like one is sharing the journey with the musicians: the excitement behind a new track, sharing this track with others, eagerly waiting for release day of the next single – it’s a thoroughly exciting process for all involved. Undeniably, this pleasure is exemplified around the release of a début album.
Over two years in the making, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Chet Faker is at this stage. His long-awaited LP, Built on Glass, is finally upon us and was one of my most-awaited albums of the year. After having our appetites whetted through collaborations with fellow Australian acts Flume and Ta-ku, there was good reason to hold high expectations for the 12-track collection.
Combining his multi-instrumental ability (everything bar 80 seconds of guitar is his own work on the album) with his deep, soulful multi-tracked vocals and a RnB infused beat, the lead single “Talk is Cheap” provides an insight into the smörgåsbord of talent possessed by Faker, an artist that fuses intimate songwriting with house, RnB and hip-hop beats.
Review by Ollie Salter | @ollie_salter_