Chet Faker – Thinking In Textures review

Victoria Gottschalk casts her ears upon Chet Faker’s EP and feels a bit sexy:

Upon listening to Chet Faker’s Thinking In Textures, I felt a mixture of love, loss and sexual frustation. I realise that’s a strange combination but as a YouTube user put it, Chet Faker’s music is “baby making music”. Pure and simple, the fusion of electronica soul combined with personal tales of romance and tragedy just make you want to combat that bottle of tequila and do some seriously naughty things. But instead of regretting your actions in the morning, just press play on Thinking In Textures and you’ve instantly got a reasonable explanation for the person in your bed and the scratch-marks on their back.

Normally, that situation would make you feel cheap and, if that person is particularly on the unattractive side, full of regret. However, the excellent cover of Blackstreet’s No Diggity is the perfect soundtrack to change that regret into ecstasy. Hey, you just got laid! No Diggity reminds you of all the positives that can be found amongst the dirty residue of the morning after the night before. You’ll be dancing around your bedroom in your pants in no time, I promise you.

I’m Into You and Cigarettes and Chocolate are best listened to when the sun is shining and you’re walking over London Bridge, overlooking the River Thames. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure you could listen to these songs elsewhere but, for me; they worked best in that situation. There’s something enjoyable about hearing these songs through headphones, strolling across such a beautiful setting. While everybody else was hurrying around me, desperate to reach their destination with their only soundtrack being London buses driving past, I took great pleasure in knowing that during the 5.24 minutes that Cigarettes and Chocolate played for, I literally had no cares in the world, except for wanting to know just how great music like this is made.

Terms and Conditions and Love and Feeling caught my attention instantly. These songs sum up the EP in a simple eight minutes and capture Chet Faker’s sound perfectly. They’re honest, the lyrics fit brilliantly with the music and while the Australian’s beard disguises his identity, these songs expose Chet Faker’s character immediately.

There couldn’t be a more perfect end to the EP than Solo Sunrise and Everything I Wanted – they combine the night before, the morning after and the feelings that come with both situations. As the EP finishes, you’re left with a feeling that only the actions from the night before can encapsulate, but at the same time, you’re also left with the bittersweet memories that the morning after brings. That tiny feeling of regret you’re feeling? Blame it on the EP ending, that’s exactly what I’m doing.

Thinking In Textures is perfect for those that like particularly awkward situations, sunshine and really fucking good music.

Review by Victoria Gottschalk