Triple J listeners have named their top ten albums for 2014 and Chet Faker’s Built on Glass has cracked the number one spot. He’s even beaten the likes of alt-J to get there. I’m not surprised, it’s such a great record that gets regular playtime on my stereo. For that reason, I decided Talk Is Cheap will be my song of the week.
At first the song by the Aussie musician – real name Nick Murphy – takes me back to summers filled with the dub sounds of Kiwi group Salmonella Dub with the horns blaring. But it’s not long before Murphy’s James Blake like electronica beats emerge giving it some real modern substance. Add to that his echoing vocals and all the elements of the song come together. When slowed down, mashed up and layered over one another the effect is quite magical.
Often electronica songs today lack one thing, good lyrics and a focus on vocals. Talk Is Cheap is special because it avoids this. Murphy’s lyrics actually mean something, they tell a story and aren’t just random burbling’s of whatever sounds good with the beat. The words and the way they’re sung carry the track. His sultry voice adds that little extra, taking it from a head-bopping, foot-tapping song that you’d play in a cafe on a Sunday morning – to the kind of song you want to put on in the middle of the party and groove to. They take it from a tune you’d move slowly to at a concert, not interacting with the crowd around you, keeping your mouth closed – to the kind of song you would be screaming along to, turning to those around you to sing your favourite line, even if that is done in a more mellow mood than you might at a Taylor Swift concert.
Talk Is Cheap is a wonderful song that’s dominating the electronica genre for me currently. Check it out!