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King Krule -It's good to be the king
on 24 August 2013
Anyone who is brought on listening to a personal soundtrack of Fela Kuti, Django Reinhardt, and Chet Baker is an example of an admirable human being with good sense and taste. The fact that King Krule is a nineteen year old human being is a bonus. The moniker King Krule covers for Archy Marshall and in this slight musician we have solid proof of the wonders of youth. His ability to be brave, to challenge and most of all not to give a flying fig for what others think is at the heart of this musical feast. "6 Feet Beneath the Moon" is a debut album which sees Marshall expertly weld a love of '50s rock'n'roll and rockabilly to classic jazz, hip-hop and UK bass music. Its like a mix of Bill Bragg via Mike Skinner, on route to Edwyn Collins with Charlie Parker thrown in for good measure. Others could be name checked but lets get onto the music.
This is one of the best debuts which has hit British Music since Original Pirate Material. Krule's lyrics are outstanding, mixing the raw and the humorous. He writes about the ordinary and everyday, sandwiches, dead end jobs, alienation - you name it and you will find it in this album. The song highlights are the attention grabbing single "Out getting ribs", the pounding emotion of "Has this hit" with a ferocious vocal from Marshall and the jazzy swirl of "Baby Blue. The songs however which draw you back time and time again are the brilliant "Foreign 2" full of beats and some very nice musical touches, equally the lovely "Neptune Estate" demands repeated listens and playback.
There are a couple of weak moments here but the guy is 19 so let us cut him slack as he is writing better songs than much more established artists. Little wonder he received the full attention of the BBC in terms of its Sound of 2013 promising artist. Finding something truly original is often a frustrating search but in the of "6 Feet beneath the moon" King Krule has served up a very impressive album which wets your appetite for more.