Published Aug 27, 2013Teenage wunderkind King Krule (a.k.a. Archy Marshall) turned heads two years ago with the release of his self-titled debut EP. While he only gave us a follow-up single last year, the anticipation has certainly paid off with his full-length debut, the excellent 6 Feet Beneath the Moon. The wait was longer than we hoped, but according to Marshall, we should be getting a pile of new music from him sooner than later, though likely not under the name King Krule.
"Lately, King Krule has been on the side because Edgar the Beatmaker [his hip-hop alias] at the moment is the main thing," he tells Exclaim! "I've spent so much time going in and out of stuff, but I really like working on Edgar every night. When I finished my album, I freed up some time to do even more experimental stuff with less of a purpose, but it's nice to make a little mixtape. The music is quite unconventional in some respects."
Originally working under the name Zoo Kid, Marshall says he has a number of different monikers past, present and future that he uses.
"I changed my name from Zoo Kid to King Krule right when it was about to kick off, so I calculated that King Krule would be the main thing," he explains. "But I definitely think that in my personal time, I've been spending more of it on Edgar. And I've been spending more time making music not under any name. I've got a new pseudonym coming out in the next year. There's a steady rate of work that I've been doing. I've been working so much the last few years that I've consistently made quite a bit of music. I'm just waiting to get it all out in different forms for people to listen to."
Explaining what the music will sound like, Marshall says fans of the new album won't find the name changes jarring, as there will be a running thread throughout the different projects.
"There's some crossover, but it all sounds different, it's all over the place in a state of flux," he admits. "It can't really be defined at the moment, but it's mostly me fucking about with analog and electronic equipment. It's quite experimental and weird."
As for collaborating with Mount Kimbie, Marshall says he'd like to do more with the duo after contributing to "You Took Your Time" from their recent album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.
"I'm going to be working with Mount Kimbie more and with Kai [Campos] more," he says. "I think this really is a passion of mine. It's nice to work with other creative people. It's always good to have that relationship, and I do enjoy working with other people. Mount Kimbie have a really fucking good sound, man!"
King Krule's 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is out now on True Panther Sounds/XL. If you're in Toronto, catch him at Wrongbar on September 11.