Late last year, Nick Murphy revived his Chet Faker moniker with his new single "Low."
It was unclear at the time what his plans were, but he has now released his new full-length called Hotel Surrender, which is evident of the singer's confidence as a musician, embracing the persona which he had abandoned back in 2016, tuning out the criticism and praise alike, instead allowing himself to simply make music without expectations.
“There was this, like, unconsciousness—not thinking, but just feeling, letting it come out and letting it steer itself,” says Murphy of the new record. “The great lesson for me was that I could write from a place of joy. I was also just being kind to myself. None of this music was hurting, it just felt good. It made me feel better, and it helped me be better.”
That is literally all we could hope for from Murphy. And this album exudes that energy, delivering a welcome soundtrack for escape, whether it's from the past 16 months or the past 16 hours.
Hear Hotel Surrender below.