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Review: "The Ooz" by King Krule

by Lou Venditti - News Editor
Tue, Oct 24th 2017 11:00 am
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King Krule might be onto something here. Archy Marshall, a man of many names, including Zoo Kid and Edgar the Beatmaker, is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of artist. His guitar work will leave listeners dizzy, while his deep toned voice will leave your heart aching, feeling his suffering through the speakers. Marshall returned to his mantle as King Krule four long years after his first full length album, Six Feet Under the Moon. 

On King Krule’s second true full length album, Marshall has grown into a performer of vast depth. Like an endless abyss, Marshall immerses the listener in bopping trip hop beats with an unusually strong voice to follow. He’s no longer a boy of 19. At 23-years-old, Marshall shouldn’t even be close to his pique, but there may not be anywhere to go up from “the Ooz”. 

Marshall boards listeners onto a journey with the “the Ooz”; a journey of despair and loneliness that only Marshall’s harsh cries could convey. Marshall starts with the somber “Biscuit Town”, a jazzy number about his somber evenings in south London. He transitions into “The Locomotive”, one of his most free flowing songs to date where he just seems to spit words out that don’t totally mesh. Marshall goes to a dark place when he lets his thoughts wander. 

The first single off the album, “Dum Surfer”, may be one of the most fun songs Marshall has released under his King Krule moniker. A ripping, almost surf-punk type bass riff leads the songs over industrial drums. Marshall gets into groove over a low harmony that sets up sweet rhyming schemes he can riff off. The song is jazz in nature, with Marshall placing guitar licks across the board and going off on a solo in the middle. 

On the second single, “Czech One”, Marshall falls into a cool piano number, softly mumbling over a slow beat to bring the song to a fever pitch in the middle. A jazzy saxophone cuts through the gut of the song, tearing Marshall open for all to see. 

“The Ooz” is a masterpiece, one that cannot be put into words alone. Marshall has outdone himself with every release under every moniker, but “the Ooz” is his most developed and clearly most thought out work to date. The album was a full four years in the making, with Marshall bouncing between monikers and sounds, and it was well worth the wait. Long live King Krule. 

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