Archy Marshall debuted as Zoo Kid when he was an actual kid and released his acclaimed first album -- under the presumably self-bestowed title King Krule -- before he turned Marshall continued work on new material for years but was displeased with it, save for a set of mumbling-in-a-bucket hip-hop blues, A New Place 2 Drowncredited to his off-stage name. The Oozthe artist's second King Krule album, surfaced -- or is that seeped out? Compared to the debut, the songwriting is more refined and the sounds are more disparate, resulting in a sort of controlled chaos, a scuzzy mix of nervy neo-rockabilly projectiles, howling dirges, and noodling dive-lounge tunes.
It's further distinguished with saxophonist Ignacio Salvadores ' writhing bleats, continually in support of Marshall 's scraggly guitar work and variety of voices, as liable to sound like his slumped natural self as an exaggeration of growling punks like the Clash 's Paul Simonon or the Ruts ' Malcolm Owen. Clear references are made to Marshall 's previous full-lengths, and repeated allusions to water -- as in sinking -- as well as blue as a color and feeling, are likewise threaded throughout.
Damp, suffocating city streets are never distant. When Marshall retreats to physical solitude, he can't leave his head -- not even with a prescription, a situation related in a whirling frenzy of insomniac agitation titled, naturally, "Emergency Blimp.
Details that seem to provide levity -- "Man this band that's playin', is playing fucking trash" among them -- have a way of heightening the sense of inescapable dread. No matter that feeling, illustrated with one distressed scene after another, filtered through a multitude of inspirations and a few bodily fluids, The Ooz is a completely engrossing work from a one-off.
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Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date October 13, Track Listing. Biscuit Town. Archy Marshall. King Krule. The Locomotive.Behind him, smoke curled into the wintry sky above Fiddlers Ferry power station. With the sun setting over its chimneys, he picked out drowsy notes on his guitar, singing deeply over the top. What on earth was the flame-haired singer up to, miles from his south London home, his Fender Mustang hanging loosely over his shoulder?
As it turns out, Marshall has a new stomping ground these days, having moved to the north-west after his partner became pregnant into be closer to her family. It is another cold evening, and he is in London rehearsing in preparation to tour Man Alive! The story behind the trip to the power station became clear before Christmas, when Marshall uploaded a grainy video titled Hey World! His girlfriend — photographer Charlotte Patmore, who was heavily pregnant during parts of the recording — was behind the camera.
Having left the grime and grind of London, things have changed for the year-old, who first emerged as a snarling, hollow-cheeked teen in the video for the searing Out Getting Ribs and built a reputation for angry, tender songwriting, blackened by the stories of his young life. That debut single sparked pandemonium, and after a self-titled EP laid out his untamable vision for a new sound built from jazz, hip-hop, punk and his beloved no-wave, debut album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon cemented him as a thrilling new voice.
Bile and brilliance spewed from his lean frame in equal measure. Inunder his real name, he released A New Place 2 Drown, a tripped-out LP that came with a companion art book made with his brother. The hype spread internationally as Marshall toured, and inhis expansive second King Krule album The Ooz won him a Mercury nod, by which time he had become something of a counterculture icon.
All the while, he drank in the same pubs and did his bit to promote the scene he came from, supporting south London music and ensuring that its bars and DIY venues still hosted King Krule shows. Upon his return to London Marshall found out he was becoming a father; the baby was born in March last year.
He scratches his head as if to crank its contents into gear. As much as this reclusive character might not favour the idea, for King Krule fans the new outlook represents big news. The former Brit School pupil was always confident he would do well, but he has tried to foster a low-key approach, shunning the limelight in favour of pints, roll-ups and splurges of restless creativity.
Even so, his every move fascinates. Each new morsel, sonic or visual, still brings a blizzard of attention. Pitchfork even ran a news story about his impending fatherhood. But now, the mellow scent of change is in the air. Initially, Marshall drew inspiration from thinking about the many head injuries he has suffered from assorted accidents in his life he decided against displaying a lurid painting of one on the cover.
Mostly, though, he wrote about his changing surroundings. He recalls strange twilit occurrences during recording, such as the night he dozed off with a Johnny Rotten interview in his headphones and awoke to the sound of a random self-help demo, or the time he came to and found an inexplicable crack across his laptop screen. But such atmospheres colour only sections of the album. Even the sedative Alone, Omen 3, written about finding empowerment in depression, feels joyous.Words by Max Pilley.
Halfway through the creation of this third King Krule album, Archy Marshall became a father for the first time. If it is to bring a bright reinvigoration to his art, then we will have to wait until album number four to hear the results. Man Alive! Like its predecessor, it is less a sweeping state of the nation commentary, but rather a compendium of snippets of overheard conversations as we the listener drift through a metropolitan haze.
It is a clip gallery of lives, connected by time and spirit, a collage of urban unease, dissatisfaction and distrust. Strung out, low-hanging basslines tussle with textures rather than melodies of guitar.
Indiscernible, chopped up snatches of unfamiliar, seemingly unwelcome voices drift in and out of the mix. Denseness is king on Man Alive! Marshall ties these alienating, mental health-adjacent social issues to nocturnal, industrial soundscapes in much the same way that Burial has been mastering in another musical form for the last decade and a half.
You have to lean into Man Alive! King Krule is one of the few artists ready to stare it in the eye. King Krule is on the cover of Loud And Quiet — available in print and digital.
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February spoilt us with an extra day and these 10 excellent albums short 27 Feb King Krule — a different man interview 20 Feb Maybe it involves the time they got drunk and found their way backstage or the time they were next to the person who inevitably passed out in the middle of the mosh pit, or even the time they got so high they ended up onstage.
Whatever the circumstance, everybody has a Palladium story and this September, people are about to get quite a few more. This September, the 22nd to be exact, King Krule will be dropping by the Palladium. Those unfamiliar with King Krule may know him better as Arcy Marshall, a UK based singer songwriter who has been releasing albums since when he was only 19 years old. Only seven years on, King Krule has become one of the most respected artists in the indie scene and his latest record Man Alive!
King Krule has made a name for himself by combining descriptive and cutting lyrics with unorthodox production techniques. The resulting sound he creates is dense and soupy, easy to get lost in, and wholly captivating. Be sure to check out tour dates on his site and follow Mxdwn for all your music updates.
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