I planned to write some reviews here from the beginning of this site but I never had enough determination to make it happened. I have some drafts but never decided to publish them. FinalLy, here is a first, brief review of one of the best debuts I’ve heard this year so far.
First time I came across Archy Marshal aka King Krule when I found this great The Streets cover. Than I listened to his EP released in 2011 and from that moment I was sure that if this young guy will continue his musical journey it’s going to be a very interesting one.
And finally we have his first LP “6 Feet Beneath the Moon”.
I expected electronic album full of effects and various musical ideas but this LP is surprisingly frugal considering its formal side. In fact KK appeared here more as a vocalist than a producer. And he is a hell of a vocalist. For me, from this LP, he is one of the biggest young prospects in alternative music. He has very different shades in his vocal performance – from some kind punk aggressiveness through lyrical sensitivity (“Baby Blue”) to even some blues touches. And what is a great value he is very true and credible in his singing, which is not that obvious these days. His texts are his own and you can hear it.
And while I expected more electronic sounds, music is absolutely not disappointment here. There is a lot of guitar transmitted through effects, very good and various beats, plain piano parts and this great reverbs and echoes which we already know from his previous productions. This album also surprises with songs like “A Lizard State” which begins as an indie-rock and goes right to some jazzy realm and straight from that point we are taken to some soft downtempo beats in “Will I Come”.
I have no idea how a production of this LP looked like but what I like about it that it sounds so straightforward. There is no trait of calculation, any kind of pleasing the audience with some fashionable sounds and production news.
I think this album is a bit to long. With over 52 minutes in loses somewhere its dramaturgy and sometimes you can have a deja vu expirience thinking, that You’ve already heard this part earlier. But in fact it’s not that bad because most of the parts here are realy good.
This is a great LP and I’m sure that KK will show us much more in future. He is a very talented guy, and he is very true in what he’s doing. He’s going to make big mess here. Waiting for more.
Artist: King Krule
Album: 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
Year of release: 2013
Label: True Panther Sounds
Here a fantastic first single: