The highly anticipated album “6 feet beneath the moon” released by King Krule on his birthday is (on first listen!!) a little disappointing, but is all the same a pretty good album and after the second and third listening a beautiful one.
When I heard “Noose of Jah City” earlier in the year, I was excited to see what would come of King Krule, and then when I heard “Easy Easy” – a more obviously rock song – my expectations grew as did my desire to listen to the upcoming album.
Well when I hit play and the familiar tune of “Easy Easy” blared at me I was feeling content, happy and ready for some sweet, sweet listening, but what followed sounded perfectly good but it did not match the hype nor my expectations, but that is hardly his fault.
If I’m honest, once I got over the initial disappointment and I started listening to the lyrics and to him, instead of moping (although his sound would be great for a moping mood), I enjoyed the album. I listened again and enjoyed it even more. Once again, even more.
Minimalist instrumentation seems fairly key to his sound, with simple drum beats and noodling guitars, allowing us to focus on his vocals and lyrics, which is where King Krule shines. He displays his typical sombre, gnarled voice with clever lyrics that you wouldn’t expect of a 19 year old. Half singing half rapping, he laments disappointment, girls and suicide (“cementality” is about throwing himself out the window and “becoming one with the pavement”) – a pretty big range.
If you give it a listen, you really have to listen – it’s not an album to stick on in the background of a party (not just because it’s pretty damn sombre), it’s an album you sit down with the lights down low, headphones on, alone and just soak it all in.
The more I listen to it the more beautiful it becomes and the higher I rate it – when I started writing this I was disappointed now that I’ve finished I can’t wait to make my mates listen to it.