Around a year-and-a-half after releasing my favorite album of last year (Thinking In Textures), Chet Faker is back with “Melt,” the lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album.
The song is a a smooth, intricate tune awash with with wonky synthesizers, hand claps, and brooding vocals from both Mr. Faker and American songstress Kilo Kish. Starting off at a flowing, brooding pace (with the focus on Chet’s velvet-like vocal cords), the intensity increases until his voice explodes over a groovy bassline, shimmering synths and beautifully understated beats. All in all it seems like the perfect pace for a theme of loneliness and love, which Chet poignantly refers to as a “kind of fucked-up mess.”
Alongside with Kilo’s magical touch, Chet’s new single stands out as one of my favorites this year. If you’re looking forward to his sophomore album as much as we are, it’s due out later this year on esteemed US label Downtown Records (Miike Snow, Gnarls Barkley).