Chet Faker - 'Built On Glass'

Snail-paced Aussie goes hard on the slow jams on his debut

  • Release Date 14 Apr, 2014
  • Record Label Future Classic/Opulent
6 / 10
He has the worst name in music, he came to fame via a cover of ‘No Diggity’, and he sounds like Phil Collins gone James Blake: already, Australia’s Chet Faker has a pretty big hole to dig himself out of on his debut. Singing no faster than 2mph doesn’t help either, but there’s an unexpected range in his schtick that’s disarming. It takes him from Bombay Bicycle Club in their Fela Kuti worshipping phase (‘Cigarettes & Loneliness’), to ‘Gold’’s Alt-J levels of poppy R&B deconstruction, up to something that resembles Willis Earl Beal helping out on Brian Eno’s ‘Music For’ records (‘No Advice’). Fewer tedious Garageband Boyz II Men slow-jams next time and maybe he can keep the name.

Gavin Haynes

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