King Krule, also known as Archy Marshall, released his third studio album on Feb. 21. It’s been seven years since Marshall’s debut album, “6 Feet Beneath The Moon,” was released on Aug. 24, 2013. The album quickly launched him into stardom with songs such as “Baby Blue,” “Easy Easy” and “Border Line.” Marshall’s follow-up, “The Ooz,” came out on Oct. 13, 2017 and was also well-received by both fans and critics.
“Man Alive!” features the singles “(Don’t Let The Dragon) Draag On,” “Alone, Omen 3”
and “Cellular” – two of which were included in his short film, “Hey World!” released in November of last year.
Marshall’s signature deep voice isn’t the only aspect that translates from his previous material to his new album, as themes of loneliness and mental health from “The Ooz” are extremely prevalent.
In “(Don’t Let The Dragon) Draag On,” Marshall sings, “I hang my head for those who ain’t been held too close in times of pain.” Marshall sings from the perspective of someone who has possibly been in a similar situation, empathizing with those who can relate.
This message is carried into “Alone, Omen 3,” as Marshall sings, “The ache and thunder in the storms of your mind, soak it in, for the rain will pass in time, nothing wrong in sinking low.” The song reminds the listener that they’re never alone, though it’s okay to embrace that feeling when it arises.
In between albums, Marshall welcomed his first child, Marina, with photographer Charlotte Patmore in March of last year. The two can be seen at the end of the “Alone, Omen 3” music video.
“Man Alive!” can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Music and other music streaming services. You can see King Krule on tour in Oakland at the Fox Theater on April 8.