"One of the most celebrated figureheads on the independent British scene, Archy Marshall returns with the dense, sprawling The OOZ, the much anticipated follow up to his debut Six Feet Beneath the Moon. Drifting and seeping through the cracks of South London like the album title, King Krule casts an unflinching eye over his kingdom, transforming his observations of all the disorientation and heartbreak of his youth into piercing narratives and poetry that are both startlingly honest and brutally beautiful. With The OOZ, Marshall finally takes the crown as poet laureate for the dazed and confused generation, painting a bleak and sometimes harrowing picture of a rapidly splintering city.
Where Six Feet Beneath the Moon, released in 2013, was a rigorous, rambling excavation of Marshall’s expansive body of work to date, The OOZ snaps into focus quickly and sharply, his modus operandi coming into view almost immediately. Over jazzy curlicues and guitars, the opener “Biscuit Town” sets out its stall irresistibly as Marshall sings about rapidly disintegrating romance and personal dissolution with acute, almost painful detail. These wrenching themes of self-annihilation and fraying relationships seem inextricably linked in Marshall’s eyes – once you lose yourself to someone else, you inevitably wind up losing yourself completely when they leave – and recur in other tracks.
“Why’d you leave me? Because of my depression? You used to complete me but I guess I learnt a lesson” he spits on the roiling “Midnight 01 (Deep Sea Diver),” and, even layered with the warm vocals of Okay Kaya, “Slush Puppy” is an unsparing dissection of a couple with nothing left to give, like a Gainsbourg and Birkin ballad gone toxic. Elsewhere, things only get darker, as Marshall desperately tries to find safe harbor in the city he knows and loves, only to be thwarted constantly, as on “The Cadet Leaps” and previously released single “Czech One.” Not even the synthetic high of chemicals, as shown in “Emergency Blimp” and “A Slide In (New Drugs)” can stanch the suffering.
Although seeming at first abstract, The OOZ as a title proves oddly fitting. There are references littered throughout about its physical manifestation, or as Marshall himself says, “about earwax and snot and bodily fluids and skin and stuff that just comes out of you on a day to day basis.” But it works on a more figurative level too, with The OOZ also representing the unknown depths or horizons the solitary mind can travel to, whether it’s sinking into the deep sea or soaring through the night sky. It may be messy, unwieldy, even unsightly, Marshall seems to say -- but we need The OOZ in order to exist."
1. Biscuit Town
2. The Locomotive
3. Dum Surfer
4. Slush Puppy
5. Bermondsey Bosom (Left)
8. Lonely Blue
9. Cadet Limbo
10. Emergency Blimp
11. Czech One
12. (A Slide In) New Drugs
14. Bermondsey Bosom (Right)
15. Half Man Half Shark
16. The Cadet Leaps
17. The Ooz
18. Midnight 01(Deep Sea Diver)
19. La Lune
Sat October 21 Black Cat Washington DC - SOLD OUT
Sun October 22 Union Transfer Philadelphia PA
Tue October 24 Warsaw Brooklyn NY - SOLD OUT
Wed October 25 Warsaw Brooklyn NY - SOLD OUT
Thu October 26 Paradise Boston MA - SOLD OUT
Sat October 28 Corona Theatre Montreal QC
Sun October 29 Danforth Music Hall Toronto ON
Mon October 30 Metro Chicago IL
Tue October 31 Fine Line Music Café Minneapolis MN
Fri November 3 The Showbox Seattle WA
Sat November 4 Wonder Ballroom Portland OR
Sun November 5 Vogue Theatre Vancouver BC
Tue November 7 The Fillmore San Francisco CA - SOLD OUT
Wed November 8 Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles CA - SOLD OUT
Thu November 9 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles CA - SOLD OUT
Mon November 20 Marble Factory Bristol UK - SOLD OUT
Tue November 21 Koko London UK - SOLD OUT
Wed November 22 Koko London UK - SOLD OUT
Thu November 23 Stylus Leeds UK - SOLD OUT
Sun November 26 Casino De Paris Paris France
Tue November 28 Magazzini Generali Milan Italy
Wed November 29 L’epicerie Moderne Lyon France
Thu November 30 Rote Fabrik Zurich Switzerland
Fri December 1 Bürgerhaus Stollwerck Cologne Germany
Sun December 3 Uebel & Gefährlich Hamburg Germany
Mon December 4 Astra Berlin Germany
Wed December 6 Vega Copenhagen Denmark
Fri December 8 Vasateatern Stockholm Sweden
Sun December 10 Melkweg Amsterdam Holland - SOLD OUT
Mon December 11 De Roma Antwerp Belgium
Wed December 13 Academy Dublin Ireland - SOLD OUT
Thu December 14 Academy 2 Manchester UK - SOLD OUT
Fri December 15 SWG3 Glasgow UK - SOLD OUT
10/22 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10/24 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
10/25 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
10/26 - Boston, MA - Paradise
10/28 - Montreal, CAN - Corona Theatre
10/29 - Toronto, CAN - Danforth Music Hall
10/30 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10/31 - Minneapolis, MN - First Line Music Cafe
11/3 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
11/4 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
11/5 - Vancouver, CAN - Vogue Theatre
11/7 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
11/8 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
11/9 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
11/11 - Long Beach, CA - Tropicalia Festival
KING KRULE ONLINE:
If you have not already done so, take the time to check out short documentary film of the same name below.
The physical version of the album has morphed with a new cover (designed by Jack Marshall), bright orange inners and a double-sided poster.
King Krule is playing this year's Beach Goth Festival. Tickets are available HERE.
News from the True Panther realm:
Earlier this morning A New Place 2 Drown was announced. This multidisciplinary body of work includes a book, soundtrack (by Archy Marshall) and a short film, directed by Will Robson Scott (trailer above). The brains begin all this, Jack and Archy Marshall have shared details for all elements of this release below...
Following on from “Inner City Ooz,” last year’s collaborative art exhibition between Jack and Archy, which wove together music, visual art, and live performance, A New Place 2 Drown delves even deeper, drawing further from Jack’s discipline as a visual artist and Archy’s as a musician (under the pseudonym King Krule among others), to create something inimitable and entirely unique as a result.
The volume of poetry and artwork, published by Topsafe, invites readers into the brothers’ everyday lives in South London. By turns candid and tender, acute and distrait, ANP2D provides a glimpse into the creative process that Jack and Archy both share, and the restless, lyrical world that they inhabit.
Then, coming on the heels of the 208-page book is a stunning 37-minute, 12-song soundtrack of brand new music from Archy Marshall, released on December 10th on True Panther Sounds (US) / XL Recordings (UK). While intended as an essential companion piece to the book, the soundtrack showcases a different side to Archy’s musical craft, highlighting more evolved electronic production colored with Archy’s poetic verse delivered in his distinct baritone.
The entire project is tied together by a short film by Will Robson Scott, which incorporates elements of the book and the soundtrack, including behind-the-scenes interviews with the Marshall brothers and their mother. View the trailer for the film HERE and visit the website to hear tracks from the soundtrack.
I'm sure many of us had mixed feelings reading about Kim Fowley's passing this week. Focusing on the good (of which there was a LOT), here's something I only just found out about: his proteges the Hollywood Stars recorded Fowley's composition "King of the Night Time World" three years before KISS got there, and as much as we all love Destroyer (and we really do), the LA quartet slay NYC this time out. CHECK IT OUT and pay respect to Kim.
The video, directed by Jamie-James Medina and introduced by Alfred Hitchcock, was inspired by Hitchcock's film Dial M For Murder:
Speaking on the video, Medina said:
"Archy and I both love Hitchcock and we've spent a lot of time away from music talking about his films. When I heard the phone ringing over the intro all I could think about was Dial M For Murder and the scene where Grace Kelly answers the phone. That really started the conversation. I had this idea of Hitchcock introducing King Krule. I've seen every episode of Hitchcock Presents and every introduction that he gives is brilliant - you could use any episode and it would work. We loved the idea of Archy defying gravity and that being the setting for his performance. But right up until shooting we didn't know if we'd get permission to use the Hitchcock footage - to have him appear. Its such an honor that the Hitchcock estate gave us the opportunity. And then at the very end he said, 'and the room is full of lizards', so we had to find a set of lizards and managed to get a guy who entertains at children's parties."
clip courtesy the one, the only Nardwuar The Human Serviette
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King Krule's debut album 6 Feet Beneath The Moon is on sale now. Like, at a discount!
photo by Peter Senzamici
In the last few weeks King Krule completed a pretty triumphant run in NYC + LA. Sold out shows at the Bowery Ballroom + The Echo, along with free all ages fan-oriented shows at Space 15twenty, Alife and a KCRW session. All in support of 6 Feet Beneath The Moon the debut album.
Now we have something to look forward to again, with more tour dates coming this December- a more comprehensive run for this gang of amazing kids.
Sign up TONIGHT before midnight and get first dibs at tickets. Sign up HERE
Buy 6 Feet Beneath the Moon HERE
12/03 @ The Space – Hamden, CT
†12/04 @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
12/05 @ Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
12/06 @ Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C.
12/07 @ Johhny Brendas – Philadelphia, PA
12/09 @ Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
12/11 @ Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
12/13 @ Fortune Sound Club – Vanouver, BC
12/14 @ Barboza – Seattle, WA
12/15 @ Doug Fir- Portland, OR
12/17 @ Independent – San Francisco, CA
12/18 @ Fonda – Los Angeles, CA
Hey people of LA, after rocking New York, King Krule + the band are on their way towards you now. A few nights ago, they played to a sold out Bowery Ballroom and the night before a free all ages secret show at Alife in the Lower East Side.
The two LA shows, both at the Echo on the 17th and 18th sold out within a couple of days. To show gratitude and respect to the folks left out in the cold (including the 18 and unders) Archy is continuing his run of free all ages shows with a show at Space15Twenty THIS SATURDAY September 14. The show will start promptly at 2pm.
To help us keep attendance sensible you can purchase a copy of the record at Amoeba Hollywood starting THIS FRIDAY or at Space 15Twenty and get two wristbands to get into the show. If you’ve already bought the album, buy one for a friend, and take him/her out to the show while you’re at it.
Saturday 9/14 King Krule Live at Space15Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd Los Angeles) 2pm
Buy The Album at Amoeba Hollywood starting this Friday September 13 or Space 15Twenty for Two Wristbands Guaranteeing Admission
from the desk of True Panther Sounds: KING KRULE ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM + SHARES NEW SINGLE “EASY EASY”
As King Krule, 18 year old south-east London based singer/producer/songwriter Archy Marshall has quietly and stealthily crafted a reputation for himself as one of the most raw and startling voices of a new generation. With his unexpectedly deep and mournful baritone tracing fissures of disappointment and social disorientation to devastating effect, Marshall has harnessed the inchoate frustration and fury of youth and translated it into a series of brilliant singles released on the likes of True Panther Sounds and Rinse over the past few years.
Now comes 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, his first full-length on True Panther Sounds, and with it, the much anticipated unveiling of the full scope and scale of Marshall’s vision. Over the course of 14 tracks, Marshall’s passions and confusions are rubbed raw and laid bare, the only connective tissue throughout it all being one of searing lyrical clarity paired with a confounding musical deftness which utterly belies his tender years. From the opening clarion call of “Easy, Easy” it is abundantly clear that this is a breathtakingly bold and arresting sonic worldview, as his songs, produced by Marshall along with Rodaidh McDonald (The XX, Savages), open up to become a loose knit meditation on regret and discontent, loss of faith and renewal of hope, and optimism in the face of desperation.
Eschewing much of his previously released material, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon firmly yet soundly rejects any notion of contemporary trends or peers to occupy its very own unique place on the music landscape, oscillating gently between the classic 50′s soul of Gene Vincent and Elvis Presley to the minimal, avant-garde experimentation of Penguin Café Orchestra, to even the electronic smog and dub textures of Marshall’s beloved Rinse FM. This is a record where the nakedly bluesy stomp of the likes of “A Lizard State” and “Easy, Easy” sit effortlessly next to the low-end frequency and shimmering beats of “Neptune Estate” and “Will I Come,” after all. It is reflective as much of Marshall’s own eclectic tastes as it is of the frenetic pulse and rhythm of the city around him, particularly the rapidly changing south-east areas in which he grew up. There is a genuine grittiness and world weariness ingrained here, as exemplified so succinctly when Marshall sings, “Hate…runs through my blood” on the stunning “Out Getting Ribs,” the track which started all the fuss.
All these esoteric textures and fidgety, off-kilter rhythms make perfect sense as an album however, especially when you consider that incredible voice. Whether he is singing ruefully of youthful disaffection and “the heat of my own treason” (“Ceiling”) or spitting out venomous lines like “I’m not going to crack like you cracked…I don’t want to be trapped in the black of your heart” over the jittery “A Lizard State,” its clear that something which marks Marshall out is his stunning ability to turn intense emotional peaks and troughs into spectacular pieces of artful, atmospheric and anthemic balladeering.
Some of the imagery is disturbing to be sure (as on the closer “Bathed in Grey” where he offhandedly murmurs that he “there was blood…found a body in the dark”) but the songs are also imbued with genuine heart as well, as epitomised on his heart rending update of “Out Getting Ribs.” Taken as a whole, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is the sound of a young man growing up – not for nothing is this album being released, unconventionally enough, on a Saturday, which also marks Marshall’s 19th birthday – and attempting to grapple with the realities of the world he inhabits, an unsparing dissection of the social decay that has begun to set in around him – and a fascinating, brutal journey it is too.
6 Feet Beneath The Moon
True Panther Sounds *
Aug 24, 2013
1. Easy Easy
2. Border Line
3. Has This Hit?
4. Foreign 2
6. Baby Blue
8. A Lizard State
9. Will I Come
10. Ocean Bed
11. Neptune Estate
12. The Krockadile
13. Out Getting Ribs
14. Bathed in Grey