Chet Faker took everyone by surprise. Including Nick Murphy.
“Chet Faker was me trying to prove something to myself,” says Murphy. “But my tastes are pretty dynamic and I realised I’ve spent time resisting that. Now I want put everything in. It’s not conceptual anymore. It’s just me, and it made sense to show that in a name. It feels like a rediscovery. Instead of having to make finished tracks, I could just explore. That felt like the missing link between where I was and where I’m going now.”
The Missing Link EP is a snapshot of that wave in motion. Opener ‘Your Time’, bears traces of Murphy’s previous incarnation, but the central motif of ‘Bye’ is voice-less distortion. ‘I Am Ready’ embraces opposing movements; ‘Forget About Me’ is a grand, escalating “purge” unlike anything Murphy’s done. Closer, ‘Weak Education’ is a personal callback – a reminder to have fun. It’s the sound of Murphy exhaling.
“I haven’t been this excited since I started,” says Murphy. “I’m so happy to be doing what I’m doing right now. I’ve knocked down some big walls. It’s going to help me out for a long time. So many ideas have been flowing since that switch. Since I let go.”