After sending fans into a collective tailspin this week by first unveiling his newly shorn gob and then promising to make up for it with new music, the Aussie troubadour has now revealed the details of a new collaborative EP with Marcus Marr, and unfurled the pair’s first single.
The track, dubbed The Trouble With Us, teams Faker’s trademark soulful vox with the London-based producer’s future-funk stylings, resulting in a toe-tappin’ good time.
It’s our first lick of their four-track EP collab, Work, which is due to drop on Friday, 4th December via Faker’s own label, Detail Records.
Chatting with triple j, Marr explained that the disc was knocked out during a four-day recording binge at his South London studio earlier this year, which eventuated after the pair got cosy on social media.
“[Faker] posted my song on Twitter. I messaged him and said thanks and a conversation started – all nerdy stuff about recording processes,” he said. “Pretty soon we started exchanging song ideas in voice memos. He then suggested maybe we try and do something together.”
Meanwhile Faker, real name Nick Murphy, has also been working on the follow-up to his debut album Built On Glass at his home studio in Brooklyn, New York. He has previously said the album will be “heavily performance-based”, with more organic grooves and less electronics.
Murphy’s new music with Marcus Marr follows a string of other recent collabs, including a track rework with American singer BANKS and some soulful new tracks with Melbourne band The Cactus Channel.
Aside from hanging out with Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman Ruban Nielson, the troubadour has also been working with the likes of house producer Todd Terje and German composer/producer Nils Frahm on the new record.
Chet Faker is set to kick off his final Built On Glass Australian tour later this month, before headlining the biggest Australian Boiler Room event to date in Melbourne this November.
Good thing he won’t have to worry about beard-sweat anymore.
Cast your ears on Chet Faker and Marcus Marr’s new one, and check out their full EP tracklisting, below.
Listen: Chet Faker & Marcus Marr – The Trouble With Us
Work EP Tracklisting:
1. Birthday Card
2. The Trouble With Us
3. Learning For Your Love
4. Killing Jar