The first few notes and vocal lines of King Krule’s first release in around four years make the listener feel uneasy. The recording is warped. Intentionally; of course. Beautifully; of course. It feels as if you’re standing on a 45 degree angle – the warm, hazy organs washing right through you. It’s like kind of sickness you really enjoy, you’re almost ready to pass out, but enjoying the ride. With a subtle, intricate arrangement surrounding him, Archy’s lyrical prowess is unparalleled – the story is gripping, yet utterly melancholic. More electronic than previous creations, maybe Mount Kimbie have had some effect on him, alongside a hint of freeform jazz (the keys and horns control the backing soundscape) – this is a deep and emotive King Krule. He’s speaking in a refrained tone – just as if he’s with you sitting in a group therapy session. ‘Czech One’ is enthralling from the first second and will stay with you for a long time after.
‘Czech One’ is out now via XL Recordings.