If sex could sing it would sound like Chet Faker. The Melbourne singer, resembling more a Fleet Foxes folker than the R.Kelly Casanova he sounds like, is the current cream of an infinite internet crop. Easily selling out a venue he could have sold out twice over, Faker is currently wooing audiences with a handful of tracks (seven to be precise) from his EP Thinking in Textures. Flanked by a full band and comfortably seated at his keyboards, Faker is engaging from the get-go opening with the slinky, instrumental ‘Cigarettes and Chocolate’ through to his slowed down, dragged out and stripped back reworking of Blackstreet’s club jam ‘No Diggity’, proving his voice is worthy of the hype. Minus the swagger or sap usually associated with R&B, his chilled out version of the genre sees him pegged as a contender for ‘Album of the Year’. With a few more tunes and a fleshed out set, his shows could be a contender for ‘Gig of the Year’.
Chet Faker is playing Melbourne 7 September, Brisbane September 14 and Meredith Music Festival 7 December.