Since dropping his EP Thinking in Textures
a year ago, Chet Faker
has become one of the most desired Australians. As the perfect combination of lucrative hipster and crisp electro soul, his new album Built On Glass
will shatter all of your expectations. And expectations are high, from his viral cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" to his hit collaborations with fellow Australian producer Flume, Chet Faker has been dropping straight musical gold over the past two years. Though the question still remains: Is it beginner's luck or is Chet Faker about to get mined like the California gold rush?
Built On Glass
is nowhere near as delicate as its title implies; with these twelve tracks, Chet Faker has built a solid base for his soon to be towering career. Mimicking a vinyl LP, the album has two sides and is split in the middle by a track appropriately named "/". The 20-second long interlude buzzes with the static fuzz of a record player as a voice tell us "that was the other side of the record, now relax still more and drift a little deeper as you listen." As if the first half of the album didn't have me already. The record flows together in a stream of succinct, punchy bass and flighty beeps, it flows so well it's difficult to tell where one track ends and the next begins. Although his single "Melt" featuring Kilo Kish is a fantastic song, it's only the tip of the iceberg; the catchiness thaws away to reveal a "Gold" mine. In eargasmic perfection Chet Faker pairs his skilled electronic production with his soulful Citizen Cope-style drawl. On the flip side, we have "1998", another flawless combination of clean production and lyrical genius. As the album moves forward it certainly does drift deeper, Chet Faker's later tracks like "Cigarettes & Loneliness" and "Dead Body" lyrically take on a more solemn and serious tone. Nevertheless the relentless beats in the background maintain a nostalgically melancholy mood.
With all the symphonic sweetness that Chet Faker has managed to churn out, there's no doubt he has plenty remaining up his sleeve. Even though he only released Built On Glass
Tuesday, we're already worried about its quickening climb in play count forwards in our iTunes.