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King Krule “6 Feet Beneath The Moon”
Towards the end of 2011, the internet was buzzing over a 17-year old British ginger kid named Archy Marshall, and after listening to his tunes it’s easy to see why. He delivers his heartfelt lo-fi tunes with a surprising baritone voice and reverb-soaked guitar. Almost two years later, Archy, or King Krule, has released his highly anticipated debut album. And it’s everything we had hoped it would be.
The great thing about King Krule is that he’s not only accessible to pretty much anyone of any age and gender, it’s also a callback to British post-punk singer/songwriters like Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg, and Morrissey. “6 Feet Beneath The Moon” is truly one of the darkest and most fascinating debut albums of the year, and I love it. Don’t expect many happy or upbeat songs on here though. King Krule sounds mostly sad, mournful, angry, and visceral on this album, but he’s not at all afraid to let these emotions show in the most appropriately vivid ways. He’s at his most passionate on songs like “Has It Hit?” and “Out Getting Ribs.”
I really truly hope that this album does not get overlooked, because it’s a real masterpiece. It’s got all the pop sensibilities of someone like Ed Sheeran or Jake Bugg, while also retaining this really odd, atmospheric Joy Division feeling. It’s very dark, yet very fun to listen to. Could it be the 21st century’s answer to “The Queen Is Dead?” Only time will tell, I suppose.
There are all sorts of different sounds at work here. There’s even a little bit of UK Garage influence on the production. “Foreign 2” feels like it was produced by Burial himself. “6 Feet Beneath The Moon” is equal parts indie rock, lo-fi, alternative R&B, pop, and dark wave/post-punk. It’s really hard to nail into a single category, but that’s part of what makes it so much fun to listen to, despite the dark material. Some of the songs are disorienting, especially with the strange effects use on the guitar and vocals, and Marshall’s voice definitely will not appeal to everyone. This certainly isn’t your average pop record, which is why I think it can appeal to such a large audience. Either way, King Krule is one of the most exciting things to happen all year, and the ~2 year wait from debut EP to album was absolutely worth it.
SCORE – 9.2
FAVORITE TRACKS – Easy Easy, Boarder Line, Has It Hit?, Foreign 2, Baby Blue, A Lizard State, Out Getting Ribs, Bathed In Grey