Looking at Future Classics – Part 1: Chet Faker’s ‘Built on Glass’

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Maybe it’s the fact that cultural imports only take seconds to receive, or that you don’t need to go through customs for digital transactions, but the amount of music coming out of Australia right now has been awe-inspiring. This to some extent has a lot to do with the record label Future Classics. Started in 2004 in New South Wales, this alternative disco/house/electronic label is most certainly responsible for the wide variety of sounds that make up the popular music of 2014. For the month of May I’ll be profiling some of the future classics of Future Classics, starting this week with Chet Faker’s LP, Built on Glass.

Built on Glass gives off the very same vibe as it’s title. With the original songs written, then replaced, then re-recorded again, the album spans genres and styles evolved in a translucent manner. Clearly the songwriter and performer is in love with a multitude of genres but can’t decide which “one” is his own.

Chet Faker’s sound then gets held in place by his haunting voice. “Talk is Cheap” is the obvious and amazing single from the record. Firmly in the electro R&B/PBR&B genre, the sax drops, the falsetto lifts the melody, and you can’t tell if it’s a trip-hop track from the mid 90s or something from 20 days ago (it’s from 20 days ago, on that note). “1998” rips off with the synth-y fun of his label mates, while “Melt” has TFIB favorite Kilo Kish provides some hazy mellow vocals on top of the down tempo rhythm. The variety is easy to digest and even easier to relate to, which makes Built on Glass one of the sexier, more intriguing records of the year.