King Krule, the rock experimentalist known for his gruff voice, has announced his new upcoming album. Titled “Space Heavy,” the album is due to be released on June 9th by Matador, and the first single “Seaforth” has already been shared.
The album was written by Archy Marshall, between 2020 and 2022 during his travels between London and Liverpool, where he was splitting his time.
The announcement explained that the concept of “the space between” intrigued Marshall as he was fascinated by the narrative of lost connection, losing people and situations to the whims of the universe.
Marshall’s longtime bandmates joined him in fleshing out the resulting 15-track album. Fans can catch a glimpse of the album’s style by watching the video for “Seaforth” above.
“Space Heavy” marks King Krule’s fifth album and fourth under this name, following the release of “Man Alive!” in 2020.
Over a two-year period between 2020 and 2022, while commuting between the cities of London and Liverpool, Archy Marshall crafted his latest opus, Space Heavy. The album’s genesis was shaped by Marshall’s fascination with the interstitial spaces – the “space between” – that are characterized by dreams of love, narratives of loss, and the cruel machinations of fate.
Once the songs were written, frequent collaborator and producer Dilip Harris, as well as Marshall’s trusted bandmates Ignacio Salvadores, George Bass, James Wilson, and Jack Towell, lent their talents to the album’s development. The result is a 15-track masterpiece that delves into the deepest recesses of Marshall’s sonic universe as King Krule.
Through Space Heavy, Marshall showcases his maturation as an artist, deftly weaving together elements of his past albums – from the auteurism of 6 Feet Beneath The Moon to the shapeshifting sonic palette of The OOZ, the primality of Man Alive!, and the raw vulnerability expressed on You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down.
In this new work, the negative space is as important as the positive, and attentive listeners will be richly rewarded for their willingness to explore the depths of Marshall’s vision. Indeed, Space Heavy is a bold testament to the boundless creativity of one of today’s most innovative musical polymaths.