Friday's Stuff We Like
Chet Faker - Built On Glass
For so many reasons, the current wave of hip young white men making smooth music should have boomed and faded. The recurring wave of blue-eyed soul should have ebbed like it always does. There should have been a saturation of crummy to terrible bands trying to capitalize on an already fractured trend. From a more optimistic standpoint, maybe the collective “We” of the audience has just gotten to a place where we cannot accept the crummy to terrible bands. The ones still around are interesting, or making emotionally resonant music, or at least doing something right.
Two years after releasing Thinking In Textures, Chet Faker has released a full-length that jams despite everything working against the idea of Chet Faker. First of all, he goes by Chet Faker, which, I mean, give me a break and cool your jets while you are at it. The Australian soulster (“Chet Faker: Australian for SMOOTH”) builds his croons over some of the trending sounds populating pop and electronic music. It’s a mostly low-key affair of agreeable melodies and bopping beats. Someday soon, some asshole is going to beat this trend into the ground. Chet Faker is not that asshole! Built On Glass is a great collision of influence, capability, and jams. You can always use more great jams.
– John Siegel