Have a lovely Valentine's Day in Prague with King Krule and his new album!
14th February 2018, 19:00 @ Roxy Prague
One of the most celebrated figureheads on the independent British scene, Archy Marshall had returned with the dense, sprawling “The OOZ”, the much anticipated follow up to his debut “Six Feet Beneath the Moon”. Drifting and seeping through the cracks of South London like the album title, King Krule casts an unflinching eye over his kingdom, transforming his observations of all the disorientation and heartbreak of his youth into piercing narratives and poetry that are both startlingly honest and brutally beautiful. With “The OOZ”, Marshall finally takes the crown as poet laureate for the dazed and confused generation, painting a bleak and sometimes harrowing picture of a rapidly splintering city.
“The OOZ” was released on 13th October on XL Recordings/True Panther Sounds. Listen HERE. The album was preceded by the raucous single “Dum Surfer”, as well as a brilliant Brother Willis directed video which you can see HERE.
Marshall hit the road for a worldwide tour last autumn and music lovers of Prague are going to have a good Valentine's Day as King Krule is going to spend that night in the Czech capital. - SOLD OUT!
"Half Man Half Shark" also got a stylish video ~ watch it HERE!
Where “Six Feet Beneath the Moon”, released in 2013, was a rigorous, rambling excavation of Marshall’s expansive body of work to date, “The OOZ” snaps into focus quickly and sharply, his modus operandi coming into view almost immediately. Over jazzy curlicues and guitars, the opener “Biscuit Town” sets out its stall irresistibly as Marshall sings about rapidly disintegrating romance and personal dissolution with acute, almost painful detail. These wrenching themes of self-annihilation and fraying relationships seem inextricably linked in Marshall’s eyes – once you lose yourself to someone else, you inevitably wind up losing yourself completely when they leave – and recur in other tracks. “Why’d you leave me? Because of my depression? You used to complete me but I guess I learnt a lesson” he spits on the roiling “Midnight 01 (Deep Sea Diver)”, and, even layered with the warm vocals of Okay Kaya, “Slush Puppy” is an unsparing dissection of a couple with nothing left to give, like a Gainsbourg and Birkin ballad gone toxic. Elsewhere, things only get darker, as Marshall desperately tries to find safe harbor in the city he knows and loves, only to be thwarted constantly, as on “The Cadet Leaps” and first single “Czech One”. Not even the synthetic high of chemicals, as shown in “Emergency Blimp” and “A Slide In (New Drugs)”, can stanch the suffering.
Although seeming at first abstract, “The OOZ” as a title proves oddly fitting. There are references littered throughout about its physical manifestation, or as Marshall himself says, “about earwax and snot and bodily fluids and skin and stuff that just comes out of you on a day to day basis”. But it works on a more figurative level too, with the "The OOZ" also representing the unknown depths or horizons the solitary mind can travel to, whether it’s sinking into the deep sea or soaring through the night sky. It may be messy, unwieldy, even unsightly, Marshall seems to say - but we need "The OOZ" in order to exist.
Some press for King Krule
“a dizzying mix of styles, raw intensity and endless heartache give the south Londoner’s performance undeniable clout” - The Observer (UK)
"The enigmatic singer-songwriter proves himself as a true original" - The Evening Standard (UK)
“King Krule’s sludgy guitar sounds mixed with jazz, soul and the romance of the baritone sax has been filling sold out venues and marking him out as a voice of a generation. And we don’t say that lightly” - Crack Magazine (UK)
“A King Krule live show unites the indie, metal and rap kids – where they mosh together to saxophone solos… It’s a real statement of a show” - Loud & Quiet (UK)
“quite simply, it was one of the most beautiful concerts of the year 2017” - Les Inrockuptibles (FR)
King Krule Tour Dates
11 FEB - LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA - KINO SISKA
12 FEB - BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - A38 SHIP
13 FEB - VIENNA, AUSTRIA - ARENA WIEN
14 FEB - PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - ROXY
16 FEB - WARSAW, POLAND - PROGRESJA MUSIC ZONE
18 FEB - VILNIUS, LITHUANIA - LOFTAS ART FACTORY