New York-based Australian producer & musician Nick Murphy has announced Missing Link, a new collection of tracks that bridge the sonic shift between Chet Faker and Nick Murphy. The 5-song EP is out today via Downtown Records / Interscope and available to stream / order here: http://smarturl.it/MissingLink.
Murphy will also bring his dynamic live show to stages across the globe through the end of the year, announcing an extensive world tour that features headline shows in North America, Australia and Europe. U.S. dates include this Friday’s show at Red Rocks with Bonobo, a headline performance at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, an appearance at NYC’s Panorama Festival, and more. Murphy will also perform an exclusive residency at Sydney Opera House for Vivid LIVE next month. For tour details and to purchase tickets, visit http://missing.li/nk.
Missing Link opens with the first single “Your Time,” a moody, older recording featuring production from KAYTRANADA that just premiered as a World Record on Zane Lowe’s Beats1 show. Hear the track and interview with Lowe here. The EP continues to move through Murphy’s sound evolution from the voiceless distortion of “Bye” to the grand, escalating track “Forget About Me”—also premiered today on Lowe’s show—and “Weak Education,” the dance-influenced track closer. It’s the sound of Murphy exhaling.
The EP is Murphy’s first release since announcing last fall that he’ll record and perform under his given name and step away from his Chet Faker moniker. “Chet Faker was me trying to prove something to myself,” says Murphy. “But my tastes are pretty dynamic and I realized I’ve spent time resisting that. Now I want to put everything in. It’s not conceptual anymore. It’s just me, and it made sense to show that in a name. It feels like a rediscovery.”
After announcing the name change last fall and releasing two well-received tracks—“Fear Less” and “Stop Me (Stop You)”—he notes, “This huge wave came out and I broadened the framework. Instead of having to make finished tracks, I could just explore. That felt like the missing link between where I was and where I’m going now.” The Missing Link EP is a snapshot of that wave in motion. It is the ‘missing link’ between who he was as an artist and what’s next for him.
The trailer for the Missing Link EP, co-directed by Murphy and New York-based Australian filmmaker and musician Johann Rashid, was released last week and teases some of the EP’s forthcoming visual accompaniment. Watch the trailer here:
Murphy also recently released a short video interview with collaborator Dave Harrington where he discusses the name change, creating his new music and more:
MISSING LINK TRACK LISTING
1. Your Time (produced by KAYTRANADA)
3. I’m Ready
4. Forget About Me
5. Weak Education
Last Friday saw Bonobo release his sixth studio album and one of his most personal works to date– Migration– an exquisitely delicate record that explores the relationship between transience and identity and one that has already received droves of praise from audiences and critics alike. Migration currently sits in the Top 4 in the official UK album midweek chart (reflected in 8 other countries). It has already secured a top 5 position in over 20 countries overall on iTunes and claimed #1 in their Electronic iTunes chart in 8 territories including the UK and US. Additionally, the album’s first two singles have had over 10 million Spotify streams to date. Reception from the press has been overwhelmingly positive, with reviews and features in from such lauded publications as The Guardian, Pitchfork, and The Wall Street Journal (not to mention a Mixmag cover feature), among many others.
Building on the record’s success comes the music video for recent single ‘No Reason’, featuring vocals by longtime friend and now collaborator Nick Murphy (formerly Chet Faker). Oscar Hudson (Pulse Films), the UK Music Video Awards’ ‘Best New Director’ winner, is the maestro behind the video’s bizarre trip. More akin to that of an art piece than a music video, the work takes subtle cues from such iconic films as ‘Alice in Wonderland’ & ‘Birdman’ as its character grows larger inside a Japanese house whose items shrink and expand through time. The video fits neatly into the albums themes of the transitory relationships to place and time, seen with Art Director Neil Krug’s distorted realties in the Mojave Desert for the art and “Break Apart” video and also Bison’s work on the Gemma Arterton featuring visuals for “Kerala”.
The music video was filmed entirely in real life, in-camera with no post work or VFX, to which the end result is an effortlessly fluid and visually mesmerizing experience.
Oscar Hudson said the following of the video…
“‘No Reason’ is such an evocative track and it was clear from the start that our video would need to reflect this potency. Simon/Bonobo mentioned the inspiration behind the new album came from his relationship to landscape and place whilst on tour. Whilst researching these themes I learnt about the Japanese phenomenon of the Hikikomori- young Japanese people who become so overwhelmed by the pressures of life that they retreat to their bedrooms for years at a time. This felt like a such a fascinating intersection of physical & psychological spaces, and so from this I set out to make a film that through an inventive physical concept tried to link environment directly to psychology. We achieved the film using only in-camera physical effects and we designed an entirely new way of moving our miniature camera to get it to fit through the tiny doorways. Doing this film with CGI would have been a thousand times easier, but for me, it’s physicality & imperfections are what make it different, and I hope better.”
After two recent singles showcasing the dynamic range of “Migration”, Bonobo returns with a song that perhaps exemplifies the record. ‘No Reason’ (premiered via NPR) features the vocals of Bonobo’s long time friend, and now collaborator, Nick Murphy (formerly Chet Faker) ‘No Reason’ is dance music at its deepest, a beautiful house song with fragile melodies underpinned by a tough-edged groove and razor-sharp arpeggio. The song came about when Simon Green (AKA Bonobo) and Nick were discussing a shared love of disco. Si played the instrumental of No Reason, and Nick instantly fell in love with it. After laying down demo vocals in that first session, the pair recorded the final version in NYC, Si’s former home, and Nick’s current one.
Migration, which is out this Friday, 13th January, has already yielded two songs to a rapturous reception. ‘Kerala’, which premiered via Pitchfork, hit #1 on the Spotify Global Viral Chart with over a million streams in its first week, and now over 4 .5 million total. The official video became the 4th most trending on YouTube. Next came ‘Break Apart’ featuring Rhye, which Vogue.com premiered alongside Spotify, who placed the track at the head of their New Indie Mix playlist. A hypnotic, drone-shot video by Neil Krug was unveiled by Creative Review (who have also gone deep on the album artwork today).
Teasers / Ghost Versions for album tracks ‘Second Sun’, ‘Ontario’, ‘Figures’, ‘Bambro Koyo Ganda’ and ‘Surface’ featuring Nicole Miglis of Hundred Waters have been made public over previous weeks.
In addition, Bonobo’s forthcoming live band show at Brixton Academy sold out in seconds, so quickly that another date was added and that too immediately sold out, as did every other UK date and many EU ones. The Bonobo band will play a twenty two date American tour in Spring, including a slot at the legendary Red Rocks Arena in Colorado (a co-headline with Nick Murphy) and dates at Coachella.
His 2013 album “The North Borders” went Top 30 in the UK and was number 1 in the electronic charts in both the US and UK. In support of that record, the 12-piece band Green fronts played 175 shows worldwide to over two million fans, including a sold out show at Alexandra Palace. Bonobo has built a large, loyal and engaged global fanbase: over half a million album sales and over one hundred and fifty million streams on Spotify point to the levels of success achieved by this quiet, self-effacing man.
The signs are all there: “Migration” will take Bonobo’s beautiful, emotive, intricate music to an even bigger audience. “My own personal idea of identity has played into this record and the theme of migration,” Green explains. “Is home where you are or where you are from, when you move around?” The personal, it seems, can also be universal.
The New York-based Australian producer & singer formerly known as Chet Faker recently announced that he will now write, produce, record and perform under his real name, Nick Murphy. The name change symbolizes a musical evolution (see his statement via Facebook) and, earlier this week, he gave fans a taste of his evolving sound via “Fear Less.” The track is an electrifying mix of past and new influences, and premiered on http://nickmurphymusic.com. “Fear Less” is now available via Downtown / Interscope for purchase and to stream on all digital platforms.
The first headline Nick Murphy dates have also been announced and will see him perform a dynamic new show, pulling from his existing catalogue and showcasing new material. His U.S. dates include New York’s Webster Hall, Los Angeles’ The Theatre at Ace Hotel as part of Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days In LA, a show in Miami during Art Basel, and a headline performance at Houston’s Day For Night Music & Arts Festival. Tickets for all show go on sale this Tuesday, September 20 at 10am local time. Murphy also announced a headline slot at Laneway Festival 2017’s dates in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, in addition to previously announced performances at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris and London’s O2 Academy Brixton.
Murphy’s achievements as Chet Faker since the release of critically acclaimed debut album Built On Glass has been great. The album featured a number of tracks that each garnered tens of millions of streams and video views. He performed the album’s biggest single “Gold” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! last year, and the video was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award. Murphy has performed sold out shows on five continents including three nights at New York’s Terminal 5 in 2015, and has played at the world’s top festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, FYF Fest, Glastonbury and Primavera Sound.