We have Twitter to thank for this snazzy song. Chet Faker obviously had a bit of a crush on the work Marcus Marr was creating, he tweeted a link to one of his songs and the pair connected online. They quickly realised they had some exciting ideas and came together to collaborate on the EP Work which was released in December.
The first single from the EP, The Trouble with Us, has taken Australia by storm. The fact it took out the #6 spot on the Triple J Hot 100 proves that. I imagine New Zealand’s charts are next in line for domination, or at least they should be.
This track is a fresh kind of funky. It features a sped-up piano base line, synth sounds of every kind, a bouncy guitar riff and that classic DJ style drum beat which immediately makes you want to dance. Faker’s exotic vocals blend the layers of sound together superbly. This song infects you from start to finish. ENJOY.
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!