With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in new music that we think you should hear.
Known under many aliases, Archy Marshall has released his second and highly anticipated release under his most celebrated title, King Krule. Having been catapulted into international success at the tender age of 17, Marshall now returns to the project that found him fame, four years since the release of his debut and following a struggle with artistic inspiration. The Ooz is a cathartic telling of heartache and his melancholy lyrics are told over his obscure, original and staple mix of post-punk, jazz, hip hop, indie and dark wave sounds. While the portrayal of his subdued emotion is blatant in tracks such as ‘Lonely Blue’ with its telling vocalizations as well as ‘Cadet Limbo’, with it’s slow tempo and similarly dark words, other album tracks hold a subtly to the raw emotion poured into it. The repetitive drones of punk style guitar in ‘Emergency Blimp’ allow to forget the album’s themes, while the lyrics of anguish at the creator’s insomnia are a hard-hitting reminder. The Ooz is at times a difficult listen, as Marshall communicates his emotions through his art with an intensity and passion that can allow you to be drawn in and swallowed whole by them. Still, it’s an essential listen; it’s pensive and powerful, at times gloomy but a testament to King Krule’s skill in translating the inner workings of his mind into music.
King Krule will be performing at The Marble Factory in Bristol on Monday 20th November as part of the In:Motion series of events.
Image courtesy of King Krule.