King Krule "King Krule EP" Review — 4 out of 5 stars
Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:36:06
Archy Marshall may only be 18-years-old, but his ability as a singer-songwriter far exceeds his years on this planet.
He is better known for his stage name "King Krule"—formerly Zoo Kid. King Krule combines Dark Wave and New Wave styles with deep, haunting vocals and emotional lyrics to conjure a sound that's incredibly unique. On his self-titled EP, he opens up about struggles with the fairer sex, self-doubt, insecurities, and the trials and tribulations of a teenage boy trying to find his proverbial self.
Instrumentally, he keeps it simple. Electric guitar echoes with reverb as a simple, messy beat backs him up, puttering along. The music itself feels distant and dreamy, while the vocals prove to be the key to his otherworldly style. A hardcore British accent and deep, booming voice wail slowly and soulfully, and you can feel the emotion in every lyric from a mile away.
At times, he could break into tears, but the train stays on course. New Wave hallmarks remain preserved while indie leanings illuminate true genius. He hasn't released a full album yet, but he's a visionary on the verge of something great.
Have you heard King Krule yet?