Producer, songwriter and artist, Nick Murphy, has revealed his new album from his Chet Faker project, Hotel Surrender, will arrive on July 16, 2021 via his own label, Detail Records in partnership with BMG. Along with the news, Murphy has shared his single and video, “Whatever Tomorrow” available to watch and stream today.
In a return to making music that simply felt good, Nick Murphy revived his acclaimed Chet Faker project in October 2020 after a six-year hiatus. The culminating result is Hotel Surrender: a self-produced, self-written 10-track LP that reintroduces the swaggering bass lines and electrifying melodies that made fans fall in love with Chet Faker the world over. As the journey continues in 2021 with Hotel Surrender, sink into “Whatever Tomorrow” as another rejuvenating slice from the acclaimed project’s revival.
Murphy on the album: “There were a lot of heavy perspective shifters for me,” he recalls. “I really just thought of the music in a different light. I look at it as a mass therapy now. I think I used to see it as this plight, like I was on a crusade or this creative odyssey. Now I see that it’s more Shamanistic. You’ve got to find some light—or sometimes dark, whatever’s right—and share it. I realized that was the heart of the Chet Faker project. And I felt like the world was hurting, so I thought, ‘I can do a small something to give people some joy.”
Ahead of the album’s release, “Whatever Tomorrow” is the latest Chet Faker single, available today with an accompanying video. In a similar vein to the revived project’s single predecessors, “Low” and “Get High”, “Whatever Tomorrow” is a continuation of soul derived movements that flow effortlessly from Murphy. After a year of uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he addresses our future’s ambivalence head-on. From a spoken word intro, to the slow, punchy production and unmistakable crooning vocals, the track is Chet Faker DNA through and through. As an acceptance of surrender to the future, the visuals mirror these themes with Murphy appearing from a grainy technicolor TV set that could be an intergalactic setting.
Murphy says on “Whatever Tomorrow”: “It’s a rebellion to this idea that you have to wait for the things you need. It felt like we were being sold tomorrow and we were paying for today. I was saying, ‘Fuck your tomorrow, we deserve our lives now.’”
In 2016, Nick Murphy revealed his follow-up output would sit under his own name, under which he has since released the 2017 EP Missing Link, 2019’s studio album of strikingly mutated electronic and pop grooves, Run Fast Sleep Naked and the sublime instrumental record Music For Silence in March 2020, an ambient collection first premiered on the meditation and sleep-devoted app, Calm.
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