King Krule
6 Feet Beneath the Moon


4.0
excellent

Review

by Seth Barry-Hinton USER (18 Reviews)
August 31st, 2013 | 131 replies


Release Date: 08/24/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I think you've got them in your sights.

6 Feet Beneath the Moon is one of those cases where the artist, noticed for their cultivated image, proves to be far more than the sum of that image. Much has been made of the contrast between young Archy Marshall's slight frame and his booming voice that has drawn a few (ill-suited) comparisons to Tom Waits, but his music stretches beyond that shallow observation, unlike some artists who are little more than music industry golems with an addiction to controversy and a Twitter account. (No names.) It's an extremely creative and relaxing endeavor, and moreover is a testament to the music-making abilities that the collective "we" are now equipped with thanks to technological advancements and recording devices in every home with nary a concern for the Thought Police.

Marshall is evidently in tune with the hip-hop and trip-hop scenes. His songs are built around simplistic drum loops that effectively keep time and little more, but he layers the songs with delay, reverb, and a variety of instruments and effects to distinguish the songs from just being run-of-the-mill blues rock. Watery ambience introduces and purveys "Foreign 2", the song that comes closest to trip-hop here, and the muted power chords on lead single "Easy, Easy" echo relaxingly. 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is aptly titled for the most part, as the tone set by the effects and electronics and copious jazz chords is a soothing one, but without being dull or snoreworthy. Marshall's voice is most responsible for this since his Cockney accent and throaty voice have a sleepy charm to them, one that keeps the listener attentive without being overbearing. There are a couple of upbeat moments, especially the frantic punky throwback "A Lizard State" and the funky "Krockadile", but they are the exceptions to a uniformly simple and soft theme.

The lyrics here are inconsequential for the most part, being relatively incomprehensible thanks to the thick yowl, but they have their moments of brilliance. "Baby Blue"'s opening lines harken back to Bob Dylan's most imagery-laden work, on his Love and Theft album, as Krule sings, "My sandpaper sigh engraves a lie into the rust of your tongue; girl, I could've been someone", atop arpeggiated jazz chords. "Neptune Estate" channels some of his rap influences - "I hope you feel used, and cope the way you do, should conjure up abuse, select your loss, slip to lose". And "Easy, Easy" waxes over social issues, snarling "Well, they just want you for your dough, man, I'm sure I told you so". Nothing here is particularly mind-boggling or insightful, but it remains captivating because of the simplistic, accessible nature.

The trouble with 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is that it loses mystique as the album draws to a close, running a little too long. The atmosphere suffers most notably in the case of "Out Getting Ribs" which has no lasting effect at all, but the middle portion of the album, between "Baby Blue" and "Neptune Estate", is probably the weakest, as it's by this point that the style wears thin due to the minimal diversification outside of "A Lizard State". Such is the problem with consistency in songwriting - to jump around with structures and styles is to make your album far too eclectic for comprehensive listening, but too much of it can sacrifice variety.

Still, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is a relaxingly nostalgic experience that contains enough experimentation and individuality to make it a relevant but pleasant listen, and proves that Krule at least has the potential to craft something amazing.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Timeizillmatic9
August 30th 2013


256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet review, this album runs too long

JazzHands333
August 30th 2013


312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed, but I still dig it

Timeizillmatic9
August 30th 2013


256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh yeah me too, his voice is something else

treeqt.
August 30th 2013


9704 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

finally i can do this

"Never heard of this guy before, gave it a listen.

My conclusion is that this yet another another depressingly typical example of the modern "underground" music scene's bullshit. What I just watched was some random dude strumming 2 chords on a guitar and singing a random meandering melody, and then it finished. You could pick any random non-talented or special dude that can strum a guitar off the street and musically speaking he could make that up on the spot. Any random dickhead could literally just make something completely equivalent to that up on the spot, no preparation. But they wont get signed and become little indie darlings. You know why that is? Because they aren't quirky looking little ginger kids that wear charmingly english thrift shop suits. Because they don't have some weird little voice they put on and because they can sorta sing in tune instead of being quirkily shit. Because they'd just call themselves James Harrison or whatever instead of fucking "King Krule". Because their video wouldn't be some bullshit of them walking around looking indie as fuck with all the cringingly forced grainy camera effects and shit. And most of all because they weren't in the right place at the right time to get plucked up by some rich as fuck indie producer who manufactures fake products like this, based on market research and being in touch with what the indie community would like aesthetically. This shit is the Justin Beiber of the "non-mainstream" scene, ALL visual style, ALL forced quirkyness, ALL fake constructed image, NO actual musical content whatsoever. So fucking depressing for all the chumps on the board that slave their fucking guts making something really awesome, just to to get 45 listens on their soundcloud.

Fuck this."

Timeizillmatic9
August 30th 2013


256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so much hate for the ginger prince wow

JazzHands333
August 30th 2013


312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Who hurt you?

treeqt.
August 30th 2013


9704 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

oh if that's not obvious, that's not me who wrote that but some random idiot on /mu/. i just thought it was funny.

iSkane
August 30th 2013


848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Digging the album pretty hard. Super chill. Can't get enough of his voice. Oh, and good review.

Wildorwhat
August 30th 2013


88 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic songwriting ability

EaglesBecomeVultures
August 31st 2013


5245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yesss a review. this is prob my aoty so far.

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Synthpop
August 31st 2013


56 Comments


I do genuinely like the atmosphere and composition of songs on the album, but his voice is just such a major turn off. I'd probably like him a lot as an instrumental artist, haha. Well written review though!

EaglesBecomeVultures
August 31st 2013


5245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

his voice is the besssst

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2013


15740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Never heard of this guy before, gave it a listen.

My conclusion is that this yet another another depressingly typical example of the modern "underground" music scene's bullshit. What I just watched was some random dude strumming 2 chords on a guitar and singing a random meandering melody, and then it finished. You could pick any random non-talented or special dude that can strum a guitar off the street and musically speaking he could make that up on the spot. Any random dickhead could literally just make something completely equivalent to that up on the spot, no preparation. But they wont get signed and become little indie darlings. You know why that is? Because they aren't quirky looking little ginger kids that wear charmingly english thrift shop suits. Because they don't have some weird little voice they put on and because they can sorta sing in tune instead of being quirkily shit. Because they'd just call themselves James Harrison or whatever instead of fucking "King Krule". Because their video wouldn't be some bullshit of them walking around looking indie as fuck with all the cringingly forced grainy camera effects and shit. And most of all because they weren't in the right place at the right time to get plucked up by some rich as fuck indie producer who manufactures fake products like this, based on market research and being in touch with what the indie community would like aesthetically. This shit is the Justin Beiber of the "non-mainstream" scene, ALL visual style, ALL forced quirkyness, ALL fake constructed image, NO actual musical content whatsoever. So fucking depressing for all the chumps on the board that slave their fucking guts making something really awesome, just to to get 45 listens on their soundcloud.

Fuck this."


hahaha what a salty crock of shit


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JumpTheF**kUp
August 31st 2013


2710 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

/mu/ is one of the worst places to go to if you want to actually discuss music

Kiran
Emeritus
August 31st 2013


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

some random dude singing some random melody, anyone can do that

Kiran
Emeritus
August 31st 2013


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

random/5

treeqt.
August 31st 2013


9704 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

/mu/ is one of the worst places to go to if you want to actually discuss music


who the fuck goes to /mu/ expecting music discussion

YankeeDudel
August 31st 2013


9313 Comments


this hooligan annoys my sensabilities

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2013


10211 Comments


I only heard this guy on that Mount Kimbie album, and I really disliked the tracks with him.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
September 1st 2013


7026 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if you don't like his voice then don't bother at all with this record

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