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Non-COMM Recap: A transfixing set by electronica heavyweight Chet Faker

Photo by Cameron Pollack
Photo by Cameron Pollack

Australian electronica overlord Chet Faker kicked off NonComm Day 3 with an incredible set, filled with loop pedals, synth pads, and drum machines galore. Heavily influenced by jazz greats including Chet Baker, leading to his eventual name change, Chet Faker’s set was filled with jazz-influenced vocals, and syncopated drum beats. A highlight of the set was “Cigarettes and Chocolate,” an instrumental track which starts out with one single voice descending in a major scale, building in minimalist percussion, and eventually becomes driven by syncopated guitar and processed vocals.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chet Faker at Union Transfer, Built to Spill at World Cafe Live at The Queen, Chad VanGaalen at Milkboy and more

Chet Faker | photo courtesy of the artist
Chet Faker | photo courtesy of the artist

Australia’s Chet Faker will perform at Union Transfer tonight following his Free at Noon performance at XPN’s Non-COMMvention.  The recent World Cafe artist released his debut LP Built On Glass in April, following up a pair of EPs and his remix of “No Diggity” by Blackstreet that originally put him on the radar.  Take a listen to his soulful, electronic World Cafe session here and download a live version of “1998” below.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.

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Download a World Cafe version of “1998” by Chet Faker

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Australian singer, songwriter, producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Chet Faker recently released his debut full length album, the soulful, electronica laced Built On Glass. Born Nick Murphy, his career took off in 2011 when he released a cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” followed by two EP’s. Faker recently appeared on the World Cafe to talk about his musical influences and how he crafted the songs his new album. Listen to the full session here, and download a Cafe version of “1998” below. Chet Faker will be performing with Hamilton Leithauser on Friday, May 16th for a double header WXPN Free At Noon concert at The Porch at 30th Street.

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Talk Is Cheap” by Chet Faker

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Photo courtesy of the artist

Australian electronica musician Chet Faker (born Nicholas James Murphy) broke through the music interwebs with his chilled out cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” in 2011 when the song went viral and reached number one on the popular music site Hype Machine. Influenced my R&B and jazz (his name is an homage to jazz legend Chet Baker), Faker released his debut Thinking In Textures EP in 2012 and he releases his debut album Built on Glass on April 15th on Future Classic/Downtown Records. Below, listen to the sensuous “Talk Is Cheap.” It brings to mind the smooth, soulful side of Marvin Gaye with the subtle musical vibes of James Blake. File under: “Quiet Stormtronica”. Chet Faker plays Union Transfer on Friday, May 16th.