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Chet Faker - Built on Glass  [Album Review]

Chet Faker: Built on Glass [Album Review]

Words by Jacqui Wonder. 

Why don’t you slip into something more comfortable before pressing play on the sensual and bluesy Built on GlassChet Faker’s debut full length album.

Built on Glass is a decidedly bluesy take on Chet’s low-tempo, organic style which helps to define a strong character across the album telling stories of desire, love, heartache and friendship straight from the pages of his diary/Tumblr/whatever the kids do these days. The truth is, these songs really do tell Chet’s stories, with ‘honesty a big part of the album’ the album explores how his life directly affects his music.

Recorded at his home in North Melbourne with easily affordable equipment, Chet ‘felt like hi-fidelity wasn’t something to strive for working in a room on [his] own’ – but you’ll hear the crispness and subtleties across all 12 tracks that mark a high quality recording; listen for the dramatic intro and closing clicks on opening track ‘Release Your Problems’.

Recording quality aside, ‘Release Your Problems’ is like a big, cosy glass of red after a shit day (or a good one), the entire album has a reflective sentiment to it that lulls you in, but when Chet Faker tells you in song to let go of whatever’s got you hung up and to ‘leave the light on’ with a seductive bassline and subtle dusting of the electric organ to accompany, you quickly change your mood.

Other picks off the album include ‘Gold’ (high-hats, raspy falsetto, train-like bass), ‘Blush’ (sonic and experimental with lyrics like “how does one remove the thoughts that dig a deeper hole”) and ‘Cigarettes & Loneliness’ (an upbeat, more up-tempo melody juxtaposed with melancholy vocals on loneliness).

I wouldn’t dare leave out favourite picks from the album so far; but you’ve already heard/partied to/knocked boots to/voted #65 in the triple j 2013 Hottest 100 (the album’s lead single ‘Melt’), and if you haven’t seen the stunning time-lapse video clip for second single ‘Talk is Cheap’ do your eyes and ears a favour now. The bluesy (and on trend) saxophone, restrained and raspy vocals, kooky ornamentation and lyrics like ‘I wanna make you move with confidence, I wanna be with you alone’ make this my favourite of the album, and yes Chet Faker you can be with me alone.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Chet Faker is currently appearing at SXSW Festival, Austin, Texas and will then head out to tour Europe. UK dates have been announced:
20th Apr – Dublin – Button Factory
23rd Apr – Glasgow – Broadcast
24th Apr – Manchester – Soup Kitchen
25th Apr – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
27th Apr – Brighton – The Haunt
28th Apr – Bristol – Colston 2
29th Apr – London – Koko

Chet Faker’s Built on Glass hits the shelves April 14 via Future Classic. | |

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