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King Krule

Easy Easy

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Author: on July 10, 2013

King Krule’s pull is in his gritty earnestness. He’s a breath of fresh air from the more mystifying music we’re enshrouded in from the current, post-blog generation of artists, letting his songs do the talking, but at the same time invoking his own air of unfathomable curiosity, slightly similar to Savages’ You-Don’t-Need-To-Know-Everything ideology. “Easy Easy” has been put out already on $quality, a release under Archy Marshall’s pre-Krule moniker, Zoo Kid, and it remains surprisingly unacknowledged. The difficult-to-acquire, near-mythic (for this modern internet era, anyway) tape is absent from Discogs, and appears fleetingly on, but Krule is set to release it for his debut album, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, on August 24 of this year. (Also known as: his birthday.) On it, Zoo Kid classics such as “Easy Easy” and “Out Getting Ribs” are set to be morphed into King Krule’s sincere identity.

On “Easy Easy”, King Krule calls into question that sincerity, though not explicitly. On the surface level, he’s giving advice about the inevitable, all-consuming nature of 21st century London life. “Well your dead-end job has been eating away at your life / You feel little inside / trouble and strife / and now you spend your evenings / searching for another life / Yeah I’ve been there”, Krule chastises in his distinct growl, urging his opposing character to press ahead despite difficulties. One wonders whether this advice really did work out for Krule; in spite of it, he seems agitated, as if by the reality of things. And then it’s as if he doesn’t have time to deliver such sermons, anyway: “Just leave us alone, I’ll be one minute on the phone”, he continues, tailing off towards the end. It feels like King Krule is speaking these truths for the sake of speaking them – telling others to shut it, to buckle up and stick it out because it’s all he can say, and all he’s ever done. Is that sincere? The young protagonist speaks with wisdom beyond his years, but almost sounds as if he’s trying to convince himself of his realness too.

When King Krule stepped out to open his set at Parklife Weekender with it, he performed “Easy Easy” with a voice even gruffer than on record, ripping out the untamed riffs from his guitar and carrying the demeanour of a man with a chip on each shoulder. “I know I should’ve kept my receipt / ’cause this sandwich I bought, yeah it’s been off for a week / and now Tesco’s stealing my money“, he says, seeming to feel the world owes him something. He doesn’t tell us why. What is clear, though, is that Krule is not prepared to accept mediocrity. He’ll fight to hold his own and share stories of his battles, along with the scars they brought, with the ineffable aura of experience a war veteran would convey to grandchildren. Whatever his intentions are, I’m anxious to hear the full-length due next month, and if it doesn’t capture audiences as much as his previous work has, I’m sure King Krule will be fine with it. “Easy come, easy go” indeed.


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