After Four Years, Archy Marshall’s “Czech One” Poignantly Reveals the Pain and Kruelty of Love.
Earlier this month, King Krule fans began receiving suspicious posters in the mail that had no return address. The posters created an almost Lynchian vibe, depicting a surrealist look at Archy Marshall and his dog smoking over glasses of water. While Krule fans everywhere desperately searched for answers to the mystifying parcels, King Krule himself was preparing for the release of his first single, and first solo release since 2013’s 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, “Czech One”.
“Czech One” opens with chilling harmonies that almost creep up on its listener, leading to Archy Marshall’s iconic vocals that reach depths never touched on before. Krule brings listeners ambient keys that sound like they proceed with a question mark. Electronic beats create a somber mood, that undoubtedly parallel the lyrics of heartbreak and the pains of the unrequited. Krule shows his genius in his unbelievably poignant lyrics. It’s hard not to feel the knife turn when he recites “She grips me tight, but I still rip at the seams”. The almost spoken-word lyrics on this song are truly what gives this song its brio and vitality. Marshall exhibits his expertise in the craft of poetics, combining abstraction and specificity so seamlessly.
The single proves itself to be a cathartic masterpiece. “Czech One” seems to be King Krule’s magnum opus, and fans can only hope that his upcoming album is able to capture the brilliance that is Archy Marshall in the same way. Although the release date of Krule’s new record is unknown as of know, perhaps it will venture further into the dreamland that King Krule introduces to the universe in “Czech One”.