“Fear Less” is a unique and beautiful cacophony by one of our favorite artists Nick Murphy, who you may formerly know as the famed Chet Faker. Nick decided to ditch the alias and perform under his given name. This is his first release under his natural name, and it looks like we have a lot to look forward to from Murphy in the future.

Murphy made the announcement addressing this change via Twitter, which you can read below. As Chet Faker, Murphy released one full-length album, Built on Glass, in 2014. He has since been touring under that name, until now.

An atmosphere of strangeness surrounds this track; it beings with a ping, and an echo reverberating in the silence. At first, makes you think of utter blackness, which is fitting since his brand new website (where you can stream the song) contains only the illustrious track, and behind it nothing but complete darkness.) A bug like scuttling and fluttering follows in with waves of sound slowly dripping through the speakers. This is when the song truly takes off; an atmospheric cacophonous blend of natural sounds and alarms bleeding into a rhythmic beat. The vocals are reminiscent of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, soft and alluring. The song progresses into an almost tribal series of chants behind Murphy’s vocals. The song is primal, deep, chaotic, frightening, and gorgeous; it is truly a work of art.

Experience it, if you dare:


Nick Murphy will perform at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival Paris on October 27.

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