I 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