Nick Murphy releases surprise instrumental album, ‘Music For Silence’

Less than a year on from his second album

Nick Murphy released the new album ‘Music For Silence’ last Friday, with no prior announcement.

The record arrives less than a year since his long-awaited second album, ‘Run Fast/Sleep Naked’.

In a post on Instagram, the Melbourne singer-songwriter (formerly known as Chet Faker) explained that he had been working on the hour-long album in both secrecy and solitude.

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“This record was deeply cathartic process for me”, he wrote. “I was in a really bad place with myself. I thought id [sic] broken something inside my chest and all I wanted to do was get as far away from everything as possible. It felt like a split stone.”

Listen to ‘Music For Silence’ via Spotify below:

On his own, Murphy found himself in an abandoned church, located in the upstate New York city of Troy. There, he claims to have stayed in for a week “with a piano and the pigeons in the rafters”.

“I played all day each day and recorded all of it”, he said.

‘Music For Silence’ is Murphy’s first-ever instrumental album, with only the track ‘Tongue (Lift 4)’ containing wordless vocals.

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“I didn’t have the words, but my hands and that space helped me work it out”, he said. “These recordings healed me and I wanted to share them in the hope some of that healing might pass on to a listener. Everything is so dense these days[.] Its [sic] important to take some spiritual rest when you can.”

Read Murphy’s full statement below:

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Music For Silence Is out everywhere now Link in bio This record was deeply cathartic process for me. I was in a really bad place with myself. I thought id broken something inside my chest and all I wanted to do was get as far away from everything as possible. It felt like a split stone. I found an old empty church and slept there for a week with a piano and the pigeons in the rafters. I played all day each day and recorded all of it. I didn’t have the words but my hands and that space helped me work it out. Like kneading dough. These recordings healed me and I wanted to share them in the hope some of that healing might pass on to a listener. Everything is so dense these days Its important to take some spiritual rest when you can.

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Murphy is scheduled to play festival shows in Mexico in May. He has also been booked for Osheaga in Montreal on August 1.

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