You sit on a dock at the edge of a grand lake. You search for the opposite shore in the dense fog, while your legs dangle just above the murky water. The haze grows thicker, until you can’t see your hand that waves directly in front of your face. A coldness passes through your body, and exits as quickly as it struck. You turn around, and see a house that wasn’t previously there. You enter through the door. A phantom floats in the center, in front of a computer . . .
The thread of hip-hop never leaves the fabric of those that once felt a fondness for it. Its influence always seems to find its way back into the music created by artists that can say they’ve ever loved the genre, no matter how removed from the style their previous output happens to be. A New Place 2 Drown is the newest full-length from Londoner Archy Marshall (AKA King Krule), a chameleonic, beat-loving singer-songwriter.
Marshall’s debut album as King Krule placed his deep, wise-beyond-his-years voice and blues-flavored guitar in the forefront of arrangements, but this record casts a ghostly shroud around his rugged crooning. The misty atmosphere, eerie experimentalism, and sluggish, trunk-rattling beats invoking the spirit of DJ Screw are the focus in these tracks, while Marshall treats his singing as a phantom within the enveloping instrumentation.
And A New Place 2 Drown isn’t just a record, either; it’s the name given to three pieces of art released cohesively. Aside from the collection of songs, Marshall also put out a short film, as well as a 208-page book of photography, poetry, and sketches by himself and his older brother Jack. This is an artist that openly welcomes others into his world, and what a fascinating world it is. If you’re seeking ghostly hip-hop, this album is for you.
– stasi (@stasisphere)