What I dig so much about this King Krule song is that it’s a such a study in contrasts. On the one hand, there’s the sprightly, silvery guitar tone that evokes sunny ‘50s-era pop, as well as the upbeat, propulsive beats. On the other hand, there’s Archy Marshall’s voice, arguably King Krule’s most distinguishable element. Sounding far older and more world-weary than his eighteen years might indicate otherwise, Marshall’s voice is rough, heavily accented, and sounds like he’s been on a two-week pub crawl. Bring all of it together, and it makes for a juxtaposition that remains invigorating listen after listen.
“Rock Bottom” will be released as a single on September 24. More of Marshall’s music can be heard on the Zoo Kid Bandcamp page.