Chet Faker & Marcus Marr ‘Work’ EP | REVIEW

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‘Work’ combines Faker’s talent as a singer-songwriter with London producer, Marcus Marr’s ear for a great baseline

Since the release of his critically acclaimed album ‘Built on Glass’, which debuted at number 1 in the ARIA charts, the multi-talented Australian artist Chet Faker (real name: Nick Murphy) has been busy; not only has he been performing a sold out world tour, but he’s also got some new music.

Faker is known for his electronic beats, soulful voice and lustful lyrics. He takes his fragile singing style from the jazz icon his stage name is homage to, Chet Baker, and first introduced himself to the world when his cover of Blackstreet’s ‘No Diggity’ went viral.

‘Work’ combines Faker’s talent as a singer-songwriter with London producer, Marcus Marr’s ear for a great baseline. As many collaborations do these days, this relationship began over twitter and led to four days in Marr’s studio together and the four tracks that make up ‘Work’.

As a fan of Faker’s earliest EP ‘Thinking in Textures’ this was a bit of a grower for me. His vocal style is mostly maintained but the sensuality of some of his earlier music is lacking. However there’s no denying ‘Work’ is a brilliant fusion of styles, equally balanced in contribution and tinged with deep house, soul and funk.

Stand-out track and first single released, ‘The Trouble With Us’ is an energetic piece fuelled by funk-filled guitar riffs and an intensely addictive hook. The video explores the breakdown of relationships through cleverly choreographed dance and follows one couple in particular whose additional versions mirror the repetitive nature of their mistakes. Creatively done, its satisfying symmetry visualizes the lyrics perfectly and despite its heartfelt subject matter, the tracks’ upbeat nature is sure to get you dancing.

Check out ‘The Trouble With Us’ right here: