London musician Archy Marshall, better known by his stage name King Krule, stops by Oakland as part of his King Krule tour, in support of his most recent album, The Ooz.
Released back in October, The Ooz has received high acclaim from several publications. It’s the second under the King Krule name, and follows 2013’s 6 Feet Beneath the Moon.
The Ooz goes through a deep exploration of music styles while pulling from Marshall’s own personal struggles with depression and self-doubt. Jazzy vibes for a consistent undertone to this particular record, as he mixes in elements of jazz, dark wave, and trip-hop into different songs. The two singles, “Czech One” and “Dum Surfer,” show the range of styles that can be expected at the Fox on Monday.
Marshall faced some challenges while putting The Ooz together, going through a bout of writer’s block until he decided to delve into his subconscious. That and a romance with a Spanish woman pushed him through the album. “That particular girl really got me to write this record,” he says in a 2017 interview with Pitchfork. “I wanted to impress her. Every day, it was like: read this, look at this, come with me here.”
Though he’s only 23, his weathered, gravelly vocals reflect the often world-weary themes within the songs, complemented by the soothing, jazzy vibe. That same clash of sounds and ideas can be expected when King Krule and his live band take the stage at the Fox for a performance that will surely take a trip into his subconscious.
The Fox Theater
April 16, 2018