New York-based Australian producer & musician Nick Murphy has announced Missing Link, a new collection of tracks that bridge the sonic shift between Chet Faker and Nick Murphy.
The 5-song EP is out today via Future Classic and available to stream & order. Murphy will also bring his dynamic live show to stages across the globe through the end of the year, announcing an extensive world tour that features two headline shows in the UK, including London’s Troxy and the Albert Hall in Manchester.
Missing Link opens with lead single ‘Your Time,’ a collaboration with award-winning producer KAYTRANADA, which was premiered today on Zane Lowe’s Beats1 show. The EP tracks the evolution of Murphy’s sound in its current incarnation, from the voiceless distortion of ‘Bye’ to the endlessly expansive ‘Forget About Me’ (also premiered today on Lowe’s show) to the dance hall piano-laden closer ‘Weak Education.’
The EP is Murphy’s first release since announcing last fall that he’ll record and perform under his given name and step away from his Chet Faker moniker. “Chet Faker was me trying to prove something to myself,” says Murphy. “But my tastes are pretty dynamic and I realized I’ve spent time resisting that. Now I want to put everything in. It’s not conceptual anymore. It’s just me, and it made sense to show that in a name. It feels like a rediscovery.”
After announcing the name change last fall and releasing two well-received tracks—‘Fear Less’ and ‘Stop Me (Stop You)’—he notes, “This huge wave came out and I broadened the framework. Instead of having to make finished tracks, I could just explore. That felt like the missing link between where I was and where I’m going now.” The Missing Link EP is a snapshot of that wave in motion. It is the ‘missing link’ between who he was as an artist and what’s next for him.
The trailer for the Missing Link EP, co-directed by Murphy and New York-based Australian filmmaker and musician Johann Rashid, was released last week and teases some of the EP’s forthcoming visual accompaniment.
Missing Link EP Track List
1. Your Time (produced by KAYTRANADA)
3. I’m Ready
4. Forget About Me
5. Weak Education
Watch the Video for Your Time Here: