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Alternative & Indie - Released October 13, 2017 | XL Recordings

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In 2013 when he released 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, we wondered if this was perhaps the next Mike Skinner (a.k.a. The Streets), taking on the role as a flag bearer for a whole generation. Archy Marshall, better known by the pseudonym King Krule was ONLY 19 years old and managed to capture the gripping voice of young Londoners much like his hero Mike Skinner had done a decade ago… 4 years later, his voice is profound and sad with an surprisingly baritone quality. His songs are packed with plenty of disillusionment and disorientation, always with the same crushing effect. This ‘blue wave’ invented by King Krule remains fascinating. It’s a unique mishmash that the young redhead has defines as mixing "the aggressive side of post-punk with no-wave as well as softer genres like blues and jazz" and this time round it’s even more throaty. Marshall has consistently strengthened his skills since his beginnings and on The Ooz he dares to include unexpected punctuations (like the jazz brass section that occasionally bursts through the melancholy) that make his second album even more obscure than the first! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 24, 2013 | XL Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 7, 2011 | True Panther Sounds

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 21, 2020 | XL Recordings

A flash of red hair, a sharp face and freckly, pearly white skin: Archie Marshall has proven for a long time that there is often more to people than what originally meets the eye. The ex-teenage baritone who released 6 Feet Beneath The Moon in 2013 and The OOZ in 2017 is now a father. For his third album, King Krule, now 25, has watered down his melancholy, putting more of an emphasis on brass-assisted blues for this more intimate 14-track-long opus. The Londoner (exiled to the countryside) displays his unique, previously-plaintive voice, which now soothes (The Dream), reverberates (Supermarché), feels lighter (Theme For The Cross) and still adolescent at times (Please Complete Thee). There are fresh moments, such as when he sings about his daughter on the floating Airport Antenatal Airplane alongside a Nilüfer Yanya sample. King Krule infuses various aspects to sculpt these forty minutes of relaxed no-wave: rugged flow, jagged saxophones (Stoned Again) and searing punk intensity (Comet Face). Anxiety finds inner peace: “I see beauty everywhere. I knew it was there but now I understand it”. Co-produced by Dilip Harris, Man Alive! was recorded at night, just like its predecessors, between London and Stockport. A massive album which will undoubtedly blossom on stage as well. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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  • King Krule at peace?
    King Krule at peace? The Londoner's third album sees him strike that unique balance between melancholy jazz and post-punk no-wave that is his signature.