[GUEST POST] The Emergence of King Krule
About half way through 2011, I was scouring the internet for some new music to excite my eardrums. After trawling for roughly two hours and having no joy what-so-ever, I saw a suggested post on YouTube of a thumbnail of somebody called “Zoo Kid”. The sound that then penetrated my aural passages was exactly what I was looking for. The incarcerated bliss that is just begging for a click to unlock the door and unleash intoxicating, ethereal but yet haunting soundwaves into the listener’s direction. That song was “Out Getting Ribs”:
The reverb-soaked guitar line that cuts through the air reeled me in, granted without much resistance, but it reeled me in all the same. Archy Marshall’s baritone vocals are incredibly mature for a teenager who was at that time, only seventeen years of age. However, not long after this song was released, Archy shed his Zoo Kid moniker and went for the more alliteration-primed King Krule (inspired by King Creosote apparently) which is the name he still goes under now at the still very tender age of nineteen.
King Krule released their debut album on 24th August 2013 entitled 6 Feet Beneath The Moon. Upon the first listen, you may feel there was a lot of anger that needed to be shed from the dark caverns of Archy’s conscious. But now, whenever I put the album on, I just hear a raw form of beauty that captivates from start to finish.
With collaborations with Frank Ocean in the running, I would say this will be a very exciting next couple of years for Archy Marshall and his King Krule counterparts. I for one, am very excited about their future releases and expect very big things from these guys.
Written by Nick Whitehorn