1. Release Your Problems
2. Talk Is Cheap
3. No Advice
6. To Me
10. Cigarettes & Loneliness
11. Lesson In Patience
12. Dead Body
I suppose I can begin by saying that I was late to the Chet Faker party.
I've only heard singles & tracks off his older EP's linked by my friends, but it gravitated more toward "oh, this is really nice. Well, back to what I was doing.." kind of moments.
And then out of the blue, BOOM. Chet Faker suddenly has his very first LP.
Needless to say, I got it instantly.
And I listened.
And I was like,
Holy shit, this is ridiculous.
Before I begin, I'd like to clearly state that I won't do a complete track-by-track, as 1) It's tedious, boring, and always ends with me criticizing myself and analyzing and re-analyzing to make sure I don't sound like a hypocritical snob when I suggest a perspective; and 2) It completely takes away from the experience of the entire album. I suppose if you've listened to the album, a track-by-track might be good for a review or an interview, but to me, it just feels like visual spoilers for a purely audio, nirvana-like experience.
For those who didn't know, Chet Faker aka Nicholas James Murphy aka EPIC BEARD is an Australian electronica music producer.
That's all the history I've got for you today.
The very first few seconds I stepped into the album via Release Your Problems, I was entranced. It sounded like the theme of Majula from Dark Souls 2, where you first step out from the gloom of Things Betwixt, and get a full glimpse of the glorious sun. Well, till about halfway through the track. Then wham, all aboard the vibe train, Channel Orange.
Yes, I'm talking about Frank Ocean's ever-popular album.
The album constantly reminded me of Channel Orange, in terms of tempo, vibe, and lyrical content. Yet, obviously, the two records are very different in their own right.
The bass is thick and addictive throughout the entirety of Built On Glass. Slower-paced, R&B/Soul oriented tracks ie. Talk Is Cheap, To Me, & Dead Body, are filled to the brim with sly grooves and gut-wrenching croons from the extremely capable Murphy himself.
There are faster tracks littered throughout the record though, tracks like Gold, Blush, & 1998, which both include that same soulful vibe previously heard in the previously mentioned, yet maintain interesting and head-bobbing beats, and sometimes even syncopated rhythms. (Check out Gold, just before the hook, at 1:51. It's almost like Murphy slaps you in the face, and yells at you to see if you're still paying attention.)
And did I mention Gold has an extraordinary video clip?
The best music videos are the ones that enhance the experience of the track - making the track slightly less satisfying (in a sense,) while listening to it without having the video play alongside it.
I haven't had this experience with a music video in a very long time, but I do think the music video for Gold, really nails it. It's not even complicated. It doesn't tell much of a story, if not at all. It's just extremely well choreographed, and well performed by the three roller-skaters.
There's really not much else to say without me losing interest in this post and deleting it. This record would rate very highly on my favorite album from this year, if not, my favorite release of 2014.
What's there left to do?
DOWNLOAD this amazing album now! (320kbps.)
(Source: TPB, verified by yours truly. Opens up a magnet link.)