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Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker) releases new single ‘Sanity’

March 10, 2019
Willy Lukatis

Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker) releases new single Sanity 

Announces new album Run Fast Sleep Naked due 26 April via Downtown / Future Classic / Opulent

Nick Murphy has just announced details for his long-awaited sophomore album Run Fast Sleep Naked, out April 26 via Downtown Records / Future Classic / Opulent. The Dave Harrington co-produced album is his first full length release since his widely praised 2014 debut Built on Glass (released as Chet Faker). 

Murphy also releases the video for soulful lead single ‘Sanity,’ a song that brings bright piano melodies, off-kilter beats, and radiant synth lines to his unflinchingly self-aware lyrics. Watch the video, directed by BabyBaby and filmed in the Canary Islands.

Run Fast Sleep Naked is the latest in a series of widely acclaimed releases from the singer / producer / multi-instrumentalist, including Built on Glass—a platinum-selling effort that won him seven ARIA Music Awards including Best Male Artist and Producer of the Year, and lead to him playing sold out shows on five continents; appearing at major international festivals including Coachella and Glastonbury; performing on television internationally including The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! and seeing his music videos receive hundreds of millions of views, including over 180 million views alone for his MTV VMA-nominated video for “Gold,” directed by Hiro Murai (Atlanta). 

To make Run Fast Sleep Naked, Murphy spent four years traveling the world solo with a microphone in his suitcase, recording his vocal tracks in whichever spaces and environments most inspired him. During that time, he immersed himself in intense self-examination, a process aided by his reading of Joseph Campbell’s theories of the artist’s shaman-like role in modern society. With its penetrating songwriting and kaleidoscopic palette, Run Fast Sleep Naked is a hypnotically candid document of that searching, an album equally informed by constant questioning and steadily arriving at fragments of truth.

Although Murphy captured his vocal performances in spaces across the globe—including his grandmother’s living room, a studio in Tokyo, a vacation rental he shared with his family in New Zealand, and his own New York City apartment—the musical component to Run Fast Sleep Naked was mainly recorded at Figure 8 in Brooklyn. And in sculpting the album’s shapeshifting sound, Murphy enlisted over 15 musicians and a full orchestra, embedding each song with unexpected textures and wildly varied tones.

In bringing Run Fast Sleep Naked to life, Murphy rigorously questioned his own motivations for making music and his fundamental intentions as an artist. “At some point I realised there was a path I could continue on where I could put things forward as a way to boost myself up, or as a gain to my ego,” he says. “But that’s not true to the whole purpose and role of the artist.” In that questioning, he discovered a new touchstone for his creative output: music that empowers and elevates each listener to a more exalted version of themselves, and ultimately undoes a certain emotional suppression imposed from the outside world.

Run Fast Sleep Naked Track Listing

01 – Hear It Now
02 – Harry Takes Drugs On The Weekend
03 – Sanity
04 – Sunlight
05 – Some People
06 – Yeah I Care
07 – Novocaine and Coca Cola
08 – Never No
09 – Dangerous
10 – Believe (Me)
11 – Message You At Midnight

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