King Krule MAArchy Marshall, better known as King Krule, has cultivated a sound so distinctly his own that it’s immediately apparent who you’re listening to from the opening bars of any song.

There’s always an underlying menace to Marshall’s production, a dread accentuated by menacing bass lines, pained vocals and dissonant guitars that make forays into post-punk territory. All this angst is however counterbalanced by delicate moments of electronica, distant saxophones and Marshall’s fury turning into a croon. The perfect meeting point of these contrasting sides is Perfecto Miserable which is equal parts beautiful and haunting. It’s these nuances that encapsulate King Krule and make Man Alive! Marshall’s most compelling record to date.

Man Alive! by King Krule is out February 21 via XL Recordings/Remote Control.

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