The morose, haunting music of King Krule, which spans sparse folk recordings to moody vocal exercises over hip-hop breakbeats, suggests the British singer-songwriter is a lot older than 19. His debut LP,
6 Feet Beneath the Moon, came out two days after his birthday, and its tracks serve as a showcase for Krule’s subterranean-low voice and penchant for plinky guitar. The east Londoner channels lo-fi indie, echoey dub reggae, Joe Strummer punk humming, and jazz, all often at the same time. It all adds up to an evocative, melancholy setting for songs about feeling misunderstood and ambiguous subject matter like “finding a body in the dark” on the album’s final cut, “Bathed in Grey.” It’s only in moments like those that King Krule sounds like a teenaged male.
Wed., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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