Chet Faker has finally announced he’s got a brand new album on the way, his first big release since returning to his funk alias late last year.
After he parked his work as Nick Murphy and reopened the book on his Chet Faker project back in October, confirming there was new tunes on the way, he’s followed through with a whole album that’s due to land in mid-July.
Clocking in as his second studio album as Chet Faker (and fourth album in total), Hotel Surrender is the first big chunk of music from the Chet Faker catalogue in six years.
From the sounds of the new single he also dropped today, ‘Whatever Tomorrow‘, alongside the other two singles we’ve been treated to, the new album sounds like it’ll be a return to form for the Melbourne-raised, New York-based artist.
The grooving energy we all fell in love with back in 2012 with Thinking In Textures is still here, with Chet seemingly working on the idea of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. And in 2021, a decade since he went viral with his cover of ‘No Diggety‘, it still hits just the same.
Clocking in at 10 tracks, Hotel Surrender is a self-produced effort from Chet, who said he watched on as as the world around him was hurting, and knew that he possessed the ability to lift the heaviness with his creative work.
“I really just thought of the music in a different light,” he said.
“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 realised 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.'”
Hotel Surrender is out on July 16 through his own label, Detail Records, and on all streaming platforms. You can preorder or presave the LP over on his website.