Seventeen year-old Archy Marshall aka King Krule (formerly Zoo Kid) is the cause of the latest new buzz generating out of our neighbors from across the pond. How that deep melancholy voice comes out of this little red haired kid is beyond me, but damn, is it good. Marshall’s sound is mature far beyond his years, and just because he is young doesn’t mean you can’t feel the sincerity in his music. Moreover, we all remember adolescence, and really, being seventeen pretty much sucks. Not yet an adult, but certainly no longer a child, you are torn between two places trying to figure out your place in the world. No more is that angst prevalent than in King Krule’s most recent single “The Noose of Jah City”
Serene guitars provide a bleak backdrop for poetic, but direct, lyrics that are introspective and self-questioning.
“The body found, my soul is left to drown
Suffocating in concrete
It took a hold on me, put me on repeat”
The song has jazz and dub undertones surrounded by the existential daze of Marshall, producing a sound somewhere along the lines of Atlas Sound mixed with the XX. It is stark and bleak, but inherently raw and meditative. And I really, really dig it. The monotonous vocals break only once, as Marshall raises his voice to the slightest scream to state what we all feel when we look inside ourselves.
“I wonder why. I question why.”
“The Noose of Jah City” is featured on King Krule EP and is available now. Visit the band’s official page for how to order.
Written by Greg Dahman