Inspired by a host of disparate influences—from Dave Brubeck to the Beach Boys to Chopin—South London–based singer and producer Jamie Isaac has been doing his own take on what the Guardian calls “magisterial, ambient dub sulk” for about five years. He’s been known to collaborate with King Krule, and after releasing several singles and a pair of EPs, Isaac (above, performing “Pigeon” for Distiller TV) put out his debut full-length, Couch Baby (stream it below), last year. The Line of Best Fit says the LP “presents him as a unique, intelligent and talented musician with a bright future.” And Noisey takes things further: “I guess what we’re saying is: This is the quintessential ‘sitting at home and smoking weed with your friends record.’ It is the new king of the hill. More than sounding like a modern-day classic for every red-eyed and cotched-out music fan though, Couch Baby is also a triumphant achievement in blissed-out ambience and is, perhaps, the greatest album of its kind we’ve heard so far this year.” Check out how the tunes sound live tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge. Mothica opens the show.
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King Krule – Webster Hall – December 4, 2013
Brit Archy Marshall, better known as King Krule, has a voice from another time. Just 19, his baritone vocals transcend his age and recall artists of yesteryear playing in smoky, underground jazz clubs. The title to his debut full-length, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, even invokes the likes of Frank Sinatra or Miles Davis, however in some instances the down-tempo sound disappears into a more classic-rock sound. Sprinkles of Morrissey and Pete Doherty come to mind. Marshall transcends genres from jazz to hip-hop to something called “darkwave.” It’d be a perfect soundtrack for skaters in Tompkins Square Park and its bordering environs as the sun slowly sets and the vices of the night encroach.
At a sold-out Webster Hall last night, a suited-up band assumed their spots as the ginger string bean greeted the crowd with a hearty “Hello, New York!” Opening with “Has This Hit,” Marshall strummed his guitar in an oversized blazer, which exaggerated his youth. He ditched his instrument for “Bleak Bake,” freeing him to gesticulate like an MC. The syncopation on “Ocean Bed” resembled fellow countryman Dev Hynes (Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion) with its swaying vocal delivery. Cheekily introducing “A Lizard State” as a song about a reptile, King Krule spat lyrics against a Mark Ronson–like backing band sans horns. He even paused mid-song to towel off before finishing the last verse. Front and center, Marshall recited, as if in a poetry slam, the intro to “The Krockadile.”
Fan-favorite “Baby Blue,” which should have been a highlight, was a bit marred by noisy drinkers at the bar. But saving the best for last, King Krule had the audience clapping along to “Rock Bottom,” first-single “Out Getting Ribs” and “Easy Easy.” The latter even generated a mosh pit, which resembled a whirlpool of bodies from the vantage of the balcony. Marshall returned for a one-song encore featuring a new track on the next album, “La Luna,” a final treat to send admirers off into the night. —Sharlene Chiu
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King Krule – Mercury Lounge – January 11, 2012
The 17-year old British phenom Archy Marshall, who performs as King Krule, is often cited for the seeming dichotomy between his appearance (lanky, fresh-faced) and his singing voice (deep, resonant, mature). While this may be a charming contradiction, there was nothing precious about King Krule’s performance at a sold-out Mercury Lounge last night—just some solid music from a band that, yes, happens to be quite young. Having only begun performing in the US a few months ago, Marshall displayed confidence with minimal bravado, focused and rarely cracking a smile.
Over the course of a concise set, the band played several numbers from King Krule’s recent self-titled EP along with older numbers (“Baby Blue,” “Greyscale”), lo-fi gems that Marshall originally recorded in his bedroom under the moniker Zoo Kid. As both Zoo Kid and King Krule, Marshall grabs influences from a range of sources, with hints of jazz, soul, sentimental ’50s rockabilly, and even hip-hop and spoken word, as demonstrated on songs like “A Lizard State.”
That song’s frenzy was countered by “Bleak Bake,” from the new EP, which found Marshall playing a jangly riff on his guitar over a subtle dub beat while affixing his eyes on the crowd in a direct, piercing stare before beginning to sing with a calm, laconic delivery. Modestly thanking us for coming out, King Krule ended the set with crowd favorites “The Noose of Jah City” and “Out Getting Ribs,” similar in their hypnotic, looping sound and bleak lyrics. Certainly no youthful optimism here, and perhaps that’s why we like it. —Alena Kastin
There’s a great triple bill at Terminal 5 on Saturday with Girls, Real Estate and King Krule playing. The show is already sold out, but you’ve still got a chance to go because The House List is giving away two tickets. So try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Girls, 1/14) and a brief message explaining why you like Girls so much. Eddie Bruiser, a big fan, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.