Archy Ivan Marshall is not who you'd expect the voice of King Krule to 'look like'. The skinny London kid with flaming red hair continues to surprise with his musical genius and righteously owns his place as a maker and shaker in the industry.
In 2010 you might have known Archy Ivan Marshall under his monkier Zoo Kid. The English singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer and musician changed his name to King Krule in 2011 and has since released several EPs and two incredible albums - all at just 24 years of age.
Some refer to Marshall as a musical enigma - the red headed Brit with a voice you're surprised by when you see him. Rapping with such an experienced and mature sound about working class urbanism makes you think he's far older than his years suggest. In 2013 he dropped his first album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon featuring a number of pre-released tracks from his EPs. The album was critically acclaimed and followed with performances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Conan and extensive touring.
He teamed up with his brother Jack in 2015 and released an album titled A New Place 2 Drown under the name Archy Marshall which he wanted to use to differentiate his more hip hop work to jazz/ dark alternative style under King Krule. The release included 12 songs, a 208-page book of visual art and text, and a ten-minute documentary. He's also worked with the boys from Mount Kimbie on a number of tracks and at the end of 2017 Marshall dropped The Ooz, his second full length album under King Krule which was rated one of the best albums of 2017 by Pitchfork.
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For a guy who was dubbed one of the most hyped musicians in the last 5 years, Marshall seems to have this very blasee attitude to the spotlight and seems to genuinely be doing it for the love not the fame. He pushed back an offer from Kanye to work together because he didnt want the pressure and doesn't seem phased by interviews and press (evident in numerous articles citing Marshall as seeming "tired" and "unimpressed"). To give Marshall credit though he doesn't seem to put on an act and rather calls it like it is for himself.
With album number 3 in the works, Marshall is one to keep an eye on.