Sounds: King Krule

posted by / Magazine / October 3, 2013

Current IssueI have never surfed in England but I imagine it to be gray and bleak and lonesome. I imagine it looks a lot like the moorland around the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I imagine there is swell funneling in from the stormy North Atlantic, but that it’s cold and no one knows what to do with it. I’d like to think that you’d have no choice but to surf by yourself. Just you, and some lonely old castle watching from across the bog on some foggy hill.

I’d like to think that the few people who surf in England listen to King Krule because King Krule’s the type of music that makes loneliness not just bearable — but preferable. Because even outside of England, there’s a special thrill in surfing by yourself. And it’s not like King Krule’s sound is in any way gloomy. The boy behind the band, Archie Marshall, is an 18-year-old redhead from London, who does have a certain emptiness in his voice. But his slow and dreamy guitar riffs always speed up into something playful, accompanied by poppy jazz beats and other subtle electronic sounds. Archie also happens to look a whole lot like Ron Weasley from Harry Potter. I’d like to think that if Ron Weasley could’ve heard the ocean from his Hogwarts dorm room, and if he even knew what surfing was, he’d listen to a King Krule song while he suited up for an after school sesh. —Beau Flemister

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2 Responses to “Sounds: King Krule”

  1. engerland says:

    ermmm, Beau Fleminster? “I’d like to think that you’d have no choice but to surf by yourself. Just you, and some lonely old castle watching from across the bog on some foggy hill.”

    Pal, there’s well in excess of 500 000 regular surfers in the UK. A little research perhaps, rather than ‘imagining’?

  2. Haystack says:

    I understand what the sentiment is in this review but for a magazine that promotes travel, this little review is short sighted and lame. The UK has some great waves and although we are not blessed with swell like some other countries across the world, it’s a pretty cool place to surf. At least there is not a freeway running 100m away from most of the breaks along the coast and you can still regularly get sessions with just one or two of your friends out. I get it shows what Beau F wants out of his surf. Get out after surfing with with 300 of his closest mates in the blazing sunshine, put on his skinny jeans and truckers cap to cover his backcombed hair and go sip chai latte in a coffee house. Enjoy that Beau. Don’t bother coming to England.

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