It’s been a few years since music-lovers received a tune bearing the Chet Faker name, but with Nick Murphy recently revealing the revival of his iconic project, he’s returned with his latest single, “Low”.
His first single as Chet Faker since 2015, the track is exactly what a fan of Murphy’s music would come to expect, with his unmistakable sound washing over the track by way of an ambient flurry of muted bass plucks, delicate bowings of strings, and echoed guitar. Combine this with hints of his earlier Chet Faker-like blues and melancholy-serene pop sentiments, and a lyrical confession of “just because I feel low, doesn’t mean all that I’ve got has run out” turns this into one of his smoothest, most vulnerable tracks to date.
Nick Murphy announced the return of Chet Faker just yesterday, revealing that more than four years after he retired the moniker, it would once again be returning to the top of Spotify playlists around the world.
“Its [sic] 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,” he explained in 2016. “Theres [sic] an evolution happening and I wanted to let you know where its [sic] going. The next record will be under my own name, Nick Murphy. Chet Faker will always be a part of the music.”
The announcement was made alongside the news that Murphy had joined the BMG Australia & New Zealand roster, with BMG Managing Director Heath Johns expressing his excitement in a statement.
“For Nick Murphy to bring the Chet Faker project back to life and trust the BMG team in his home market to execute this surprise return is a great honour,” Johns said.
“Nick has delivered a Chet Faker track with decade-defining potential and we will deliver creatively with trademark BMG Australia innovation while ensuring that Nick owns his own masters and has complete creative control – once again demonstrating to Australia’s best artists that these concepts need not be mutually exclusive.”
While the return of Nick Murphy’s musical project has brought with it one new single so far, details regarding further music, or if an album is set to follow in the future, are currently unknown.
Chet Faker’s “Low” is out now.