With his debut single ‘Out Getting Ribs’, 17 year-old King Krule (formerly known as Zoo Kid, born as Archy Marshall in SE London) captured the startling voice of an emerging generation of young Londoners; his unexpectedly deep and mournful baritone tracing disappointment and disorientation to devastating effect. Comprised only of his stark vocals, guitar and searing vocals, it was a bleak but brilliant treaty on the frustration and fury of youth, rubbed raw and laid bare.
Now comes his second release, and with it, an expansion of vision, both musically and thematically. The connective tissue between these five tracks is still Marshall’s stark, direct lyrics, but over the span of the self-titled EP, there is an arresting sonic progression, as his songs open up to become a loose knit meditation and renewal of hope in the face of desperation. Shades of The Streets’ plainspoken and observant ramble dance with the heart on sleeve confessions/criticisms of Billy Bragg. Archy’s influences are a patchwork for his voice to lay in, woven from several generations music as divergent as the 80s romantics, jazz, no wave and dub .
2. Bleak Bake
3. Portrait In Black and Blue
4. Lead Existence
5.The Noose Of Jah City
Pre-order King Krule EP HERE
King Krule will make his American debut with an appearance at this year’s CMJ in NYC. In addition, he’ll perform at the Pitchfork Festival festivities on the 27th in Paris, before embarking on his first ever tour of the UK in November, taking in dates in Glasgow, Manchester, Brighton and London.
Wed 10/19 – True Panther Sounds showcase @ Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY
Fri 10/21 – Fader Fort CMJ party, NYC
Sat 10/22 – SECRET WAREHOUSE SHOW….Brooklyn, NY
Thu 10/27 – Pitchfork Festival party, Point Ephémère, Paris
Fri 11/ 11 – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow Buy Tickets
Sat 11/12 – Trof, Manchester Buy Tickets
Mon 11/14 – Prince Albert, Brighton, UK. Buy Tickets.
Tue 11/15 – Corsica Studios, London, UK. Buy Tickets
P.S. Really stoked to finally share this announcement with the world if for no other reason than that we can finally unsheath this awesome 3fram.es taken when visiting Archy and his family in SE London last summer. BOOYA