6 Feet Beneath the Moon

King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
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Based on 27 reviews
2013 Ratings: #218 / 955
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Based on 269 ratings
2013 Ratings: #81
August 24, 2013 / Release Date
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Time Out London
Archy Marshall – who goes by the name King Krule, and turns 19 this week – has created a debut LP that is nothing short of phenomenal.

You could drop in on 6 Feet Beneath the Moon at any moment and let it unspool to its end, looping back to the start, and feel as captivated as you would at any other point of entry. It’s the type of record to weave itself into your own rhythms -- footsteps, breath, pulse -- until it feels like a part of your life’s texture.


6 Feet Beneath the Moon is arguably the finest, most accomplished debut album 2013 will hear.

Loud and Quiet
It has the teeth, imagination and striking originality to take its place alongside the great British debuts.
Pretty Much Amazing
Ultimately this is a great debut. Marshall’s lyrics are desolate and vehement, but McDonald does a solid job of ensuring that the instrumentation acts as a foil to the bleakness when necessary, providing a counter-redeeming edge to the desolation.
The Fly

If you wanted a masterpiece, this isn’t it – it’s too long and stoned for that. Rather, it’s an invigorating, assertive and magical collection that’s probably cleverer than you are. 

The 405

He's undoubtedly matured, not that what he listens to has changed much, but his ability to grasp and articulate what he wants to project and ascribe to King Krule has.


Delivering on all his potential with the sort of nonchalance and assurance we’ve come to expect from the young man, 6 Feet Beneath The Moon is a special album, from a special artist.

A debut that captures the atmosphere of contemporary London in all its bleak and lonely glory.
With so many varying styles, it's a bit of a surprise that it comes together so effortlessly, but at its core, Krule is showing all sides of his U.K. environment, and the multiple genres laced into the sparse backdrop are held together by an overlying somber grey fog. Peel that back and you have one of the most vital debuts of the year.
No Ripcord

6 Feet Beneath the Moon holds up as the kind of statement to truly brag about – a debut that’s masterfully crafted, reasonably ambitious, and, more importantly, exists as a truly unique statement. 

At 14 tracks, it’s just a bit more time than we needed to spend with someone who’s spilling his guts this way. But taking each track on its own, this is a marvellous debut and a perfect fit for those desolate late nights.
British music fans should gaze upon King Krule with great pride. Under immense expectation, he has managed to become the product of his far-flung influences, rather than a pastiche of any.
When ghost-dub closer bathed In Grey plumbs its valedictory depths and suggests a young Matt Johnson, the loose-but-precise whole seems starkly impressive.
The Observer
The longer you listen, the more these disparate influences and structured elements coalesce into a very cogent record.
Northern Transmissions

6 Feet Beneath The Moon is a nod to indie, to grime, and to a lot that goes in between, and the creativity that King Krule brings to the table is fresh. That’s right, the London boy done good.


The only issue with 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is that Marshall's sound is still a little inchoate, and you get a few compelling ideas rattling around loosely like pocket change, searching for a joining place.


There's some pop pleasure and songs that flow just right. But the whole thing offers plenty of room for listens and more listens, and listens that unlock something else.


6 Feet, like Me Moan before it, succeeds sometimes in spite of itself. This is often messy business, and it ain’t always pleasant, but there’s no denying the force of the vision here.

Consequence of Sound

6 Feet Beneath the Moon stands tall as a masterful cohesion of Marshall’s different sounds that span across his numerous outlets

Rolling Stone

Archy Marshall makes music that's pleasantly out of focus, dangling his drowsily exaggerated Cockney accent over ice-flow hip-hop beats striped with sad-lounge pianos and watery guitars.

The Needle Drop
While it is a little overbearing at times, it delivers an almost immeasurable amount of passion!
The Line of Best Fit

6 Feet Beneath The Moon is an album of mixed emotions, a complex work of focused, driven highs and meandering, confusing lows.

NOW Magazine
It's a meandering, angsty and deceptively gritty chronicle of the wonder years, but on repeat listens his guttural, conversational drawl and textured production seem to camouflage some seriously sentimental feelings.
The Guardian
It's a good album, but somewhere in Archy is a remarkable one.
Slant Magazine

6 Feet Beneath the Moon feels incomplete and rushed, with Marshall cramming as many of his ideas as he can into a single album.

God Is in the TV
Sadly, a wasted opportunity. And one – cruel as this sounds – that I’m very relieved I didn’t spend my money on.
I like this more than The Ooz fite me
Archy Ivan Marshall is amazing. His unique vocal delivery, the raw, crisp tone of his voice resonates like very few singers out there do, and the spare, amusing smoothness and jazzy flavours of his songwriting carry a distinct mindfulness that makes his aestheticism transcend your everyday singer-songwriter conventions.

6 Feet Beneath the Moon is an exquisite debut that displays a brand new voice, exciting, fresh and vivid in its own unique world, where Archy, as King Krule, reigns supreme. ... read more
Archy Marshall is a genius.
It's dark, moody, and pulse-less at times. 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is a compilation of some of this decades' more intriguing work of art. King Krule crashes down and ripples waves that most of indie rock was riding on during this time. This may not necessarily be a weakness, but the album is bleak and energy consuming. As I go through the album, I find myself being drained of all motivation and activity. It's an honest to goodness exceptional piece, beyond that.
6 Feet Beneath The Moon is a dark and moody listen. Krule's very deep and raw voice is unique and is able to convey an assortment of emotions with ease. The instrumentation here is catchy but minimal keeping the album raw.

Best Track: Neptune Estate
Worst Track: Cementality
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Track List

  1. Easy Easy
  2. Border Line
  3. Has This Hit?
  4. Foreign 2
  5. Ceiling
  6. Baby Blue
  7. Cementality
  8. A Lizard State
  9. Will I Come
  10. Ocean Bed
  11. Neptune Estate
  12. The Krockadile
  13. Out Getting Ribs
  14. Bathed in Grey  
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