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Concert review: King Krule in Boston

Cydney Ramos
Staff writer Cydney Ramos with Archie Marshall, lead singer of King Krule.

One of my favorite bands, King Krule, came out with an album last summer called Space Heavy. I indulged in every single song and basically dedicated my life to the album for a few months. Space Heavy consists of somber jazz songs with an indie/alternative vibe to it. One of my favorite songs is When Vanishing, which has no lyrics and is almost heartbreaking to listen to. King Krule not only makes music, but they create feelings and emotion through sound and I had the pleasant experience of seeing them live.

My boyfriend and I decided the best case for us would be to rent an Airbnb, pack our shit up and take a 6-hour drive to Boston one random morning to see this group of beautiful men. As fortune would have it, we ended up lighting the cigarette of the drum player and seeing the man himself, Archie Marshall, after the concert! Marshall is a ginger from London who happens to be the lead singer of the band.

Overall, the concert was a blast. The music was almost healing to hear in person, as I’ve loved this band since I was in high school.

Another one of my favorite songs from their album is From The Swamp, but I don’t believe they played it at the concert. The best way I can describe this song is the ocean breathing in and out onto your feet while you step on seashells, and somehow you let go of all of the stress you’ve experienced recently. It was almost rare to describe a King Krule song as a ‘letting go’ or ‘hope for the future’ vibe in the past but this album surprised me with its optimistic undertones. I think the most beautiful thing on this album is how beautifully heartbreaking each song can be while incorporating elements of blues and jazz and pure happiness. Although that doesn’t go for all of the songs, as Hamburgerphobia and Pink Shell have much more aggressive flows and lyrics.

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Lastly, I have to touch on the crossfade from Empty Stomach Space Cadet to Flimsy, which could possibly be one of my favorite crossfades in the history of time. I never thought a sad aggressive song could lead into such an illuminating sunrise of a song where you can hear the voice of Marshall’s child (Flimsy). It’s also as if all hopelessness disappears and you are back to your child self, experiencing all of your core memories all over again. Ultimately, I hope that at the least I’ve encouraged you to give this album a listen or maybe even an new obsession

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Cydney Ramos
Cydney Ramos, Staff Writer
Cydney Jade Ramos is in the Television and Film Arts Program here at Buffalo State University. She is extremely passionate about directing and filmmaking. She enjoys creative and critical writing which drew her to The Record. If you're interested in seeing more of her work, her Instagram is cydjadeproductions!

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