FR 24.11.2017
Komplex 457, Zürich
Concert

Chet Faker took everyone by surprise. Including Nick Murphy.

“Chet Faker was me trying to prove something to myself,” says Murphy. “But my tastes are pretty dynamic and I realised I’ve spent time resisting that. Now I want put everything in. It’s not conceptual anymore. It’s just me, and it made sense to show that in a name. It feels like a rediscovery. Instead of having to make finished tracks, I could just explore. That felt like the missing link between where I was and where I’m going now.”

The Missing Link EP is a snapshot of that wave in motion. Opener ‘Your Time’, bears traces of Murphy’s previous incarnation, but the central motif of ‘Bye’ is voice-less distortion. ‘I Am Ready’ embraces opposing movements; ‘Forget About Me’ is a grand, escalating “purge” unlike anything Murphy’s done. Closer, ‘Weak Education’ is a personal callback – a reminder to have fun. It’s the sound of Murphy exhaling.

“I haven’t been this excited since I started,” says Murphy. “I’m so happy to be doing what I’m doing right now. I’ve knocked down some big walls. It’s going to help me out for a long time. So many ideas have been flowing since that switch. Since I let go.”