Zoo Kid Grows Up [Review]


A couple years ago, me and my friends were treated with a mysterious song that shook us to our cores.

The song, titled “Out Getting Ribs” after a pencil on paper drawing by Jean Michel Basquiat, was made by a 16-year-old Brit named Archy Marshall. An accompanying video has ginger-headed Marshall spitting esoteric lyrics with a coarse maturity beyond his years. Watch it below, it’ll get to ya’.

That was January of 2011.

Zoo Kid Ot Getting Ribs art

“Out Getting Ribs” artwork

Since then, Marshall took his time growing up, changed his project’s name to King Krule, and teased us with an good but short self-titled EP. Finally, two and a half years later, King Krule gave us what we wanted: a full-length LP.

By and large, the album, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, is a great record that feels worth the wait. A sonic expansion of “Out Getting Ribs,” which is included toward the end of the tracklist, the album strolls along with Marshall’s anxious burst-ridden singing and careful production work. Now 19, he know what he’s doing and effortlessly proves that his debut track was no fluke.

For all its echoes and ugliness, the “King Krule sound” has an underlying groove that makes it persistently easy to listen to. It’s difficult to pick standout tracks because the record flows so well, but after a couple spins I’d have to say “Easy, Easy,” “Ceiling,” and “A Lizard State” are particularly strong.

The only weakness I notice: to no fault of his own, Archy Marshall will always be the piercing, enigmatic Zoo Kid that struck me so solidly with his first blow. No track can live up to “Out Getting Ribs.”

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