Today King Krule releases a music video for “Biscuit Town,” the opening track from his Mercury Prize nominated album ‘The OOZ’. The video comes as the first of a three-part collaboration with WeTransfer, which sees King Krule explore the creative process with each video’s director, hosted on their WePresent platform. Directed by friends and long-term collaborators cc. Wade (aka Michael and Paraic Morrissey), the video sees King Krule (aka Archy Marshall) inhabiting his own noir “Biscuit Town” — waking up and retracing his footsteps through the city, piecing together the remnants of a hazy, half-remembered night before. A reflection of his futuristic, jazz-inflected, film-inspired sound, the video serves to compliment the warm, dreamlike quality of “Biscuit Town.”
Following King Krule’s recent U.S. tour announcement surrounding both weekends of Coachella, Molten Jets has released “King Krule: Live On The Moon,” an exclusive session featuring King Krule’s full group performing eight tracks from The OOZ. Watch the video at the newly launched website where you can also find a mysterious link to some 12″ Moon Rocks, see upcoming dates, and purchase an exclusive webstore-only baseball cap designed by Archy’s brother Jack Marshall.
Those who tuned into Archy’s Beats 1 pop-up show yesterday (broadcasted from his home in South London) heard many new songs, an unreleased demo titled “Swan Lake” as well as “Fraternize” by a band called Uh Oh Chongo, whose members included his mother and his uncle. Listen to that episode HERE.
10/21 – Washington, DC – Black Cat – SOLD OUT
10/22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer – SOLD OUT
10/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw – SOLD OUT
10/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw – SOLD OUT
10/26 – Boston, MA – Paradise – SOLD OUT
10/28 – Montreal, CAN – Metropolis
10/29 – Toronto, CAN – Danforth Music Hall – SOLD OUT
10/30 – Chicago, IL – Metro – SOLD OUT
10/31 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
11/3 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
11/4 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom – SOLD OUT
11/5 – Vancouver, CAN – Vogue Theatre – SOLD OUT
11/7 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore – SOLD OUT
11/8 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom – SOLD OUT
11/9 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre – SOLD OUT
11/20 – Bristol, UK – Marble Factory – SOLD OUT
11/21 – London, UK – Koko – SOLD OUT
11/22 – London, UK – Koko – SOLD OUT
11/23 – Leeds, UK – Reflectory
11/26 – Paris, France – Casino De Paris – SOLD OUT
11/28 – Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
11/29 – Lyon, France – L’Epicerie Moderne – SOLD OUT
11/30 – Zurich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik
12/1 – Cologne, Germany – Burgerhaus Stollwerck
12/3 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefahrlich
12/4 – Berlin, Germany – Astra – SOLD OUT
12/6 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega – SOLD OUT
12/8 – Stockholm, Sweden – Vasateatern
12/10 – Amsterdam, Holland – Melkweg – SOLD OUT
12/11 – Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma
12/13 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy – SOLD OUT
12/14 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2 – SOLD OUT
12/15 – Glasgow, UK – SWG3 – SOLD OUT
The OOZ will officially be out in the world (all 19 tracks of it) next Friday, October 13th. You’ve already heard “Czech One” and “Dum Surfer” and this morning we have “Half Man Half Shark” to share. The visual for the new song has live footage by John Gittens, Nigel Rubinosa, Reuben Bastienne-Lewis. Editing and animation by Theo Chin. Also find tour dates below, many of which are sold out.
King Krule’s long-awaited album ‘The OOZ’ will be released October 13th on True Panther Sounds in North America and XL Recordings in Europe. Those who have been particularly anxious for news about this release will be very happy to see some of the details for the release below (including the 19 song-long tracklisting…) Before you get to to that, here’s some more info about The OOZ.
“One of the most celebrated figureheads on the independent British scene, Archy Marshall returns 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.
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 previously released 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 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.”
1. Biscuit Town
2. The Locomotive
3. Dum Surfer
4. Slush Puppy
5. Bermondsey Bosom (Left)
8. Lonely Blue
9. Cadet Limbo
10. Emergency Blimp
11. Czech One
12. (A Slide In) New Drugs
14. Bermondsey Bosom (Right)
15. Half Man Half Shark
16. The Cadet Leaps
17. The Ooz
18. Midnight 01(Deep Sea Diver)
19. La Lune
There’s some extremely exciting news from True Panther out and around the internet today. King Krule is back with an incredible video (directed by Frank Lebon) as well as a huge run of North American tour dates this fall. Bask in the undeniable glow of Czech One… below. (Or should I say above?)
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
10/21 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
10/22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
10/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
10/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
10/26 – Boston, MA – Paradise
10/28 – Montreal, CAN – Corona Theatre
10/29 – Toronto, CAN – Danforth Music Hall
10/30 – Chicago, IL – Metro
10/31 – Minneapolis, MN – First Line Music Cafe
11/3 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
11/4 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
11/5 – Vancouver, CAN – Vogue Theatre
11/7 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
11/8 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
11/9 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
11/11 – Long Beach, CA – Tropicalia Festival
News from True Panther Sounds for you this morning…
“PULL UP” on a typical night out in NYC with ABRA and her BFF… Drinking 40s, going to Chinatown, stacks of cash, motocross and ATV racing, “Scream” masks, late-night tattoo appointments. Filmed on-location in summer 2016 with support from The FADER, ABRA says of the video, “Shout out to A$AP Tyy for bringing his boys out, and showing us a good time.”
ABRA’s new merch store is now open for business (http://www.darkwaveduchess.net/shop/) and her recent Pitchfork Paris Festival set can be viewed HERE. PRINCESS EP is out now on True Panther Sounds / Awful Records.
Surprise! The Archy Marshall album A New Place 2 Drown (released digitally last December) is finally seeing a physical release via True Panther Sounds & XL Recordings. As of today, this moment even, you can order a vinyl copy online or head to your local indie.
If you have not already done so, take the time to check out short documentary film of the same name below.
The physical version of the album has morphed with a new cover (designed by Jack Marshall), bright orange inners and a double-sided poster.
King Krule is playing this year’s Beach Goth Festival. Tickets are available HERE.
From the True Panther Sounds corner, we have some news for you this morning. ABRA will be heading back to UK & Europe (including Pitchfork Paris) in October on the heels of the release of her new EP entitled PRINCESS. If you have not been enjoying it in full these last few minutes of summer, then what have you been doing?
In light of this announcement, Brainfeeder producer IGLOOGHOST has remixed “CRYBABY” for your listening pleasure. Quote from said producer below:
“THEORIGINALCRYBABYWAS PACKED FULL OF SOOO MANY MOMENTS THAT WERE SO NUTS TO ME SO I WAS RLLY EXCITED TO TRY & DO MY OWN LIL SPIN ON IT. MY REGULAR SOLO IGLOOGHOST STUFF IS USUALLY SUPER SATURATED & I GUESS THERE’S AN EMPHASIS ON FITTING AS MANY SOUNDS IN AS I CAN – BUT FOR THIS ABRA THINGY I RLLY WANTED TO DO SOMETHING REALLY RESTRAINED & MORE BASED ON SPEEDY LIL RECURRING SIMPLE MELODIES/MOTIFS. IN MY HEAD, IT SOUNDS LIKE A LITTLE WATER SPIRIT GIRL CRYING IN A ZEN GARDEN. ಢ︵ಢ”
Here is yet another teaser from Abra’s forthcoming EP PRINCESS, which is out in the digital world through True Panther / Awful Records as of tomorrow Friday 15th July. The video for track CRYBABY was directed by Zaiba Jabbar. You can watch the clip below.
Tracklisting for PRINCESS:
1. COME 4 ME
4. BIG BOI feat. Tommy Genesis
5. PULL UP
6. THINKING OF U
There is some very exciting new from the True Panther Sounds front this morning…
Words from Dean:
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kelsey Lu left home at 18 to study cello. Now based in New York, she has collaborated with, and contributed to albums from, many of her peers including Blood Orange, Kelela, Wet and Organized Noize.
The EP’s title comes from its unique recording process—Kelsey Lu recorded live in a single take at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with her cello, her voice and her loop pedal.
The video for “Dreams” (shown above) was directed by Alix Brown (@alixbrown).