King Krule, the multi-genre juggling stage name of UK artist Archy Marshall, has shared his first new single since 2013 today with the deeply atmospheric, lounge-jazz piece, “Czech One.” Paired with a noir-esque music video filmed on what feels like 80’s home-video tapes, the song sees Marshall wandering amongst strangers–from dimly lit red-eye flights to sprawling city streets–as he waxes existential-like on the past, present, and future. A slow-burner that elongates itself along the velvet, baritone sighs of Marshall, “Czech One,” zig-zags around twinkling ivory keys, waning saxes, and distant guitar plucks as his meditations on life and love take him around the globe.
The minimalist and almost improvisational nature of the song places the songwriting in the spotlight–or rather the soft glow of candlelight–like a lone singer tucked into the smokey-shrouded confines of a bar with leather cushioned seats and half-sipped martinis. Close your eyes and you might even see Marshall swaying center stage, the rest of the band in pitted darkness and revealed only with brief illuminations as their tones appear throughout the song. Wrapped around that sleepy melancholy is an almost modernist suffocation on the angsts surrounding his existence, which hinges on a very tangible focal point–a girl. In a very “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”-sense, insecurities keep Marshall paralyzed in his romantic pursuits and really any personal connection, a sentiment that takes flight quite literally in the music video as he becomes a passenger to his life, lost in his introspections.
“Where tiny men have been absorbed for questioning the sky / To when and where the stars were formed, that glance upon this night / Lightyears to sit upon and paint us as we lie / And to think it’s us she’s wasted on, can’t even look her in the eye,” he sings rather sadly and ironically, musing on the grandiose of human existence, which in turn makes him feel so small to her, whereas his own self-absorption is the true hinderance. Whimsically poetic, Marshall is as transfixing as ever and we are happy to once again be lost in the tangle of his rich murmurs.
Watch the music video for King Krule’s new song “Czech One” below.
“Czech One” will be part of the A-Side to an upcoming limited edition 7″ coming out September 13 via Panther Sounds/XL Recordings, which you can pre-order here. King Krule has also announced a massive North American and European tour that will have him playing Los Angeles for two nights, one at the Teragram Ballroom on November 8 and the second at the El Rey Theatre on November 9. Visit his website and Facebook to stay updated on future releases and tour announcements.
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 – Fine 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
11/11 – Long Beach, CA – Tropicalia Festival
11/20 – Bristol, UK – Marble Factory
11/21 – London, UK – Koko
11/22 – London, UK – Koko
11/23 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall
11/26 – Paris, France – Casino De Paris
11/28 – Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
11/29 – Lyon, France – L’Epicerie Moderne
11/30 – Zurich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik
12/1 – Cologne, Germany – Burgerhaus Stollwerck
12/3 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefahrlich
12/4 – Berlin, Germany – Astra
12/5 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
12/8 – Stockholm, Sweden – Vasateatern
12/10 – Amsterdam, Holland – Melkweg
12/11 – Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma
12/13 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy
12/14 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2
12/15 – Glasgow, UK – SWG3