King Krule, also known as Archy Marshall, has always had an intimidating demeanor that can steer people away the first time they see him – perhaps it’s the thick English accent or the audible sneer in his voice even when he’s singing about longing love, or perhaps from his intricate compositions that shouldn’t be able to exist hand in hand with his lyrics. Regardless, his unique style has been expressed in two very different releases: his brilliant, guitar-driven debut 6 Feet Beneath the Moon and the distant sounding, electronica laced A New Place 2 Drown (released under his real name). “Czech One,” the newest from Marshall, sounds like an amalgamation of the two, taking the crisp, moody vocals and marrying them with brooding drums and smoky, seductive saxaphone. He sings through the haze of James Blake esque choral interludes that “Loverboy, you drowned too quick/ you’re fading out of sight,” proving further that there’s a soft center beneath his sharp exterior, and that pain still gets through.
photo by Geordie Wood