Nick Murphy ‘Missing Link’

Producer Nick Murphy is more commonly known for his stage name Chet Faker, but in just short of a year since he announced ditching the pseudonym, Murphy has released his new EP ‘Missing Link.’

He declared on Twitter that an “evolution” was happening, and he felt compelled to share it. Murphy shows no loyalty to a specific theme or sound, steering away from the concept music you may have heard him create as Chet Faker.

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Opening track ‘Your Time,’ co-produced by Kaytranada, moves like a current with swirling and steady lyrics over a possessive beat, the track that transitions you from Chet Faker to Nick Murphy. It’s charming, edgy EDM pop with the same easy-going feel covered by some eery, sonic veil of darkness. ‘Your Time’ isn’t necessarily risky, but it’s followed up with ‘Bye’ which is a lyric-less ride through a wind tunnel that might actually have the appearance of real, live instruments. The whole EP is under this veil, with less color than his former persona, but perhaps more authentic thanks to it. This song has a rock edge unlike his typical pop and jazz-infused electronic beats you might be used to.

‘Missing Link’ wasn’t written as a concept album, but a raw, unpredictable expression by Murphy. He wasn’t thinking of his audience’s reaction but looking within himself where he found somewhat an impulsive, obsessive relationship with romance. ‘Your Time’ is a song of sexual tension and admiration where ‘I’m Ready’ is an impatient call to his next profound love affair.

‘Forget About Me,’ like ‘Bye’ is another refreshing and fantastic risk by Murphy. It’s got a gothic feel with the choir-style soprano chirping and the steady ringing sound whose presence is like a metronome. That, paired with the time-warping strings and the entrancing plucking of a guitar, is how we too enter the same confusing, elusive escape that Murphy created for himself.

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He closes ‘Missing Link’ with ‘Weak Education,’ beginning as a mess of high hats and his soothing, distant crooning, but builds up to what is the strong opposite bookend from the opening ‘Your Time.’

‘Missing Link’ isn’t meant for the inattentive ear, which is what makes it rewarding probably for Murphy, and his fans.

‘Missing Link’ is out on now via Future Classic