King Krule
6 Feet Beneath the Moon


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by Vincent A. USER (10 Reviews)
October 10th, 2013 | 20 replies | 879 views


Release Date: 08/24/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "6 Feet Beneath The Moon" is a confessional, jagged masterpiece that refuses to be confined within the limits of any particular genre.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

The best albums, I believe, are those that often leave you perplexed after a first listen. I suppose this is a phenomenon which can be attributed to the likes of any artistic medium. This is evident even within the literary canon, with seminal yet complex works like "Ulysses" or the often hard to stomach "Lolita". Accomplished and lasting works of art often challenge us in ways that at first glance may prove uncomfortable or unwilling to assign itself to a previous set of expectations.

I think it would be inappropriate to assert King Krule's "6 Feet Beneath The Moon" a classic in the vein of the literary works mentioned within the prior paragraph. Yet, nonetheless, 19 year old Archy Marshall's project is certainly a complex, dense, and challenging listen. This is immediately evident from the outset of introductory track and album highlight "Easy Easy," as Archy's guttural mutterings prove simultaneously rebellious as well as representative of an underlying human element that is often absent within the realm of contemporary music. The vulnerability present within this poetic lyricism often finds itself at odds with the brash, commanding voice placed at the forefront of the mix. Paying homage to Winston Churchill, Marshall croons on "Easy, Easy," "I keep my head down and my mouth shut, 'cause when you're going through hell / you just keep going."

And oftentimes that's precisely what "6 Feet Beneath The Moon" is- the journey through hell from the perspective of a nineteen year-old, scrappy English kid. But its the unexpectedly reflective nature of the album that often takes you by surprise. While the album seems at times rooted in the "Don’t *** with me" mentality of 80's punk, it is the contemplative nature of the song writing that lends an additional layer of depth and emotion to the proceedings. The blend of jazz, punk, hip-hop, and electronic aesthetics does not prove entirely seamless- but instead is rich with character and utterly engrossing on a multitude of levels.

The album's sonic landscape indeed deserves a greater degree of discussion. The jazzy guitar chords and down-tempo, electronic textures (which often utilize high-pitched vocal samples) compliment each other effectively, and the album feels most natural when utilizing these electronic textures in a way that emphasizes Marshall’s commanding, poetic verses. Yet it is hard to pinpoint exactly which of the various styles on display is the most effective. A case can certainly be made that the energetic, aggressive “A Lizard State” is perhaps the most unpredictable, exciting moment on the album. Marshall seems to have a comprehensive and dynamic understanding of the many aesthetic styles he works with, and the result is a varied and inspired affair.

Yet one might wish that "6 Feet Beneath The Moon" was perhaps a bit more restrained in its tendency to mix such a diverse range of emotions. It is a bit jarring to go from the testosterone driven “A Lizard State” to the melancholy “Will I Come.” Indeed- both are quality songs, but the lack of sonic unity lends itself to what becomes the album’s only significant flaw.

"6 Feet Beneath The Moon" is King Krule’s debut LP, and as such, it seems like a good sign that it’s primary flaw is its overly varied and sometimes inconsistent nature. There is enough creative prowess here to make this one of the most notable, innovative, and engaging debut releases in recent memory.



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tommygun
October 10th 2013



23569 Comments


crazy album

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sniper
October 10th 2013



18955 Comments


i've never heard this guy should i be hearing this guy?

very good review

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tommygun
October 10th 2013



23569 Comments


yea this is great you should def hear this guy

good review btw, pos

sniper
October 10th 2013



18955 Comments


word. stay here and review more stuff user pavelboca.

FourthReich
October 10th 2013



17071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

it's a must snipe

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tommygun
October 10th 2013



23569 Comments


agreeed time to 5

tommygun
October 10th 2013



23569 Comments


agreeed time to 5

sniper
October 10th 2013



18955 Comments


rating distribution is very compelling, divisive albums are cool

FourthReich
October 10th 2013



17071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

agreed time to five

Pavelboca
October 10th 2013



82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad you enjoyed it! Looking at it again there's some grammar issues I'll have to touch up in the morning.

As far as the album is concerned its probably my favorite of the year so far. Probably squeaks barely ahead of Disclosure's "Settle" for me.

sniper
October 10th 2013



18955 Comments


settle was cool, yeah.

FourthReich
October 10th 2013



17071 Comments

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i wanna be with you, i wanna be used

PunchforPunch
October 10th 2013



5891 Comments


sounds gr8 will check it thx

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FourthReich
October 10th 2013



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you're welcome

Phlegm
October 10th 2013



3795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet review pal, love the album also

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SpritzSpritz
October 10th 2013



525 Comments


gotta check dis shit

treeqt.
October 10th 2013



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Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

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Geist
October 10th 2013



371 Comments


Nice stuff, and great writing. Keep it up.

Definitely going to hit this one up if it's as good as you say. And, shit, he's 19? Damn.

EaglesBecomeVultures
October 10th 2013



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snipe this is top 10 for me this year

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EaglesBecomeVultures
October 10th 2013



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and welcome, pavelboca! have a pos



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