Watch Chet Faker Roll Through "1998" + "Gold" Live On Jimmy Kimmel
Ascendant R&B star Chet Faker hit the stage in Los Angeles last night, performing his pop-friendly single “1998” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Backed up on drums and electric guitar, the Aussie songwriter proved that his dance game is just as on point as his vocals, shimmying from sampler to keyboard and back again as the track’s infectious beat pulsed in all directions. If Faker has in fact have a “breakout single,” then “1998” is it–the song’s handclap strut and stellar melody have served as the hook that leads new fans into the fold, and is markedly brighter than the rest of his 2014 Built on Glass LP.
Faker also stuck around to perform his more recent single “Gold,” which charts a tack somewhat closer to the wispy seduction of his main catalog. (Let’s be honest–Chet Faker makes sex music. When he posted “Gold” to his personal Soundcloud account it was given one single tag: #sex.)
Chet’s come a long way since his Thinking in Textures EP made its way onto the fringes of the future-soul scene in 2012. He won Triple J’s J Award for Australian album of the year in 2014 and topped the radio station’s Hottest 100 listener poll. Earlier this month the singer played 3 straight sold-out shows at New York City’s Terminal 5. Watch both “1998” and “Gold” below and be on notice: Faker is in every way the real deal.