Chet Faker: Resort Give up assessment – far larger on textures than hooks
Under the alias Chet Faker, the Australian auteur Nick Murphy discovered large success in his homeland, and received vital plaudits internationally for his 2014 debut set, Constructed on Glass. A change to his actual identify for the follow-up proved much less profitable on all fronts. Final yr’s set of instrumental ambient soundscapes, Music for Silence, in the meantime, was so low-key it didn’t even warrant a bodily launch. It’s maybe not a shock, then, that Murphy has reverted to the pseudonym after 5 years within the wilderness.
Resort Give up doesn’t symbolize a radical departure from Constructed on Glass: the sound is artfully constructed – mellow, electronica-infused pop that’s far larger on textures than hooks. Opener Oh Me Oh My units the tone: a swelling intro has Murphy softly intoning excessive, earlier than giving approach to well mannered, crooning, coffee-table pop. Coming throughout like Rag’n’Bone Man shorn of the bombast, it’s nice sufficient – no horses are going to be frightened right here – but it surely cries out for a memorable refrain, and none is forthcoming. It’s a template Murphy comes again to repeatedly: the marginally extra upbeat and interesting Really feel Good apart, it’s all very tasteful however in the end slightly unexciting. As returns go, it’s an underwhelming one.