Of all the instruments on stage, everything from synths to pads to guitars, perhaps the most versatile instrument was Nick Murphy’s voice. Ranging from blusey (ala (Lover) You dont treat me no good) to a low and quiet mumble (Some People) The Australian singer showed his diverse music styles to the packed crowd at First Avenue Friday evening.
Nick Murphy, Formerly Chet Faker, primarily focuses his music on electronica, blending his voice into synth jams, and slowed down beats anyone into “24/7 lo fi beats to chill to” would appreciate. Murphy is touring behind his latest album release “Run Fast, Sleep Naked” which is as good advice as it is a name of an album.
But the night was packed with as much up tempo songs as it was the lo-fi study beasts. The band, while limited in space by the amount of equipment on stage, still had plenty of energy, with Murphy often dancing next to the drum kit or dragging a violin bow across the strings of his telecaster. With the clothing and stage mostly in black, there were welcome pops of color with the flowers and vase perched above the piano on stage. The trippy visuals also enhanced the experience.
To many’s surprise, Murphy played one of his most popular tunes Gold only two songs into the set. The Joe Cocker inspired Sanity also got the crowd up and moving.
Nick Murphy’s music is a testament to an artist who can cross any genres, and not have a care in the world about what the world thinks of it. A packed crowd at First Avenue, however, doesn’t seem to mind one bit.