Review: It's hard to exactly place the sound of Australian singer-songwriter-producer Chet Faker. He pitches himself as an "electronica" artist, but there's much more to his aural worldview than that - as this highly anticipated debut full-length for Future Classic proves. Warm, woozy, sun-kissed and off-kilter enough to appeal to the heads, it mixes tactile guitars, tumbling electronic melodies and curious rhythms with his distinctive vocals. The results are rarely less than impressive. The album's best moments are arguably those of a more horizontal bent, with the hazy, sax-laden "Lesson in Patience", slo-mo soul of "Dead Body" and spine tingling "No Advise (Airport Version)" standing out.
Review: Having made his name under the Chet Faker alias, Nick Murphy has decided the time is right to revert to using his given name. Missing Link is the Brooklyn-based Australian's first EP since ditching the alter ego, and is arguably less conceptual than some of his work. He begins with the experimental, electronic indie-pop fuzziness of "Your Time", before going all psych-rock on the acid-fired blast of "Bye". He brilliantly joins the dots between woozy, sun-kissed Balearica, yearning electronica and crunchy indie-pop on "I'm Ready", while "Forget About Me" - which boldly flips from quiet, string-laden contemplation to low-slung punk-funk midway through - is undeniably one of Murphy's most impressive tracks to date. Jaunty, funk-fuelled EP closer "Weak Education" isn't too shabby, either.