Chet Faker – Gold
Chet Faker – Blush
Sometimes you can’t just pick one. If you are me, that’s most of them time. Heck, that’s why I post 5 songs a week instead of my one favourite song. Now…I’m notoriously a singles dude. I just don’t seem to get into albums. There are very few artists on my playlist who have multiple tracks. Chet Faker is one of the major exceptions. I could have picked upwards of 6-7 songs to feature on a BOTR post. However, there are two that stand above the rest for me. Gold is the easy-listener. It’s the track I’d show to a friend if I was trying to convince them to come to Chet’s show with me. It’s radio-friendly. But above all, it’s downright groovy. It makes you sway and fills you with confidence and swagger.
Blush is a bit more on the experimental side. It takes a bit to really get going. It lulls you in for a while with repetition… but then it let’s loose and Chet’s killer vocals shine through. I’ve seen Chet Faker live twice now, and he is up there at the top of my “must sees” list. He blows me away every time, and is one of the few artists I’ve seen who can not only deviate from the album version of a track and just wing it live… but actually somehow make the track better than the recorded version. A very close honourable mention is the cover of No Diggity, which is probably the best track I’ve ever seen performed live (by any artist). I saw it in some tiny little club in Vancouver, but for the 4-10 minutes he covered that song (again, he deviated heavily from the studio version), I felt like I was the coolest person the planet in some super swanky NYC nightclub. It was mesmerizing.