After erupting back onto the scene last month with the refreshingly sombre ‘Czech One’, King Krule is back with the second single, ‘Dum Surfer’, from his massively anticipated sophomore record ‘The Ooz’. Krule’s second full-length was recently announced to drop on October 13th, courtesy of XL Records. It’s been  a long four years (and about a million listens) since ‘6 Feet Beneath the Moon’ rocketed Krule to stardom at the age of just 19. Never has new music sounded so good. Krule’s fanbase have waited eagerly yet patiently for new material, and boy has it been worth it.  If the two singles are anything to go by, ‘The Ooz’ is a hot contender for album of the year. Live footage of the track (Dum Surfer) surfaced last year as Krule played several intimate shows, the track was then a much more aggressive, fast-paced belter with heavy influences from Pixies. The track has now blossomed into a much more dreamy, and atmospherically dark number. Who thought the South London musician could get even darker?

(photo by Philip Cosores)

The album is set to stand at a blistering 19 tracks, including both ‘Czech One’ and ‘Dum Surfer’. Conjunctively with the announcement, the Londonder has shared a video for new track ‘Dum Surfer’.  Much the opposite of his comeback track, ‘Dum Surfer’ is a dark, guitar-driven track carried by a reverb-soaked vocal delivery from Marshall. The track shines a light on Krule that we’ve yet to see across his previous efforts, he roars like a proud lion, practically overflowing with confidence – which may be down to the fact that his band have taken more of a  centre piece here than ever before.  The video sees a zombie-looking Krule wheeled out of a hospital to a club where he joins his band of the living dead and jumps into the track. The video is hauntingly fitting with the track itself, as it encompasses the oxymoronic grit and dreariness that is consistent throughout.

Check it out here:

The tracklisting and artwork for ‘The Ooz’ is as follows:

01. Biscuit Town

02. The Locomotive

03. Dum Surfer

04. Slush Puppy

05. Bermondsey Bosom (Left)

06. Logos

07. Sublunary

08. Lonely Blue

09. Cadet Limbo

10. Emergency Blimp

11. Czech One

12. A Slide In (New Drugs)

13. Visual

14. Bermondsey Bosom (Right)

15. Half Man Half Shark

16. The Cadet Leaps

17. The Ooz

18. Midnight 01 (Deep Sea Diver)

19. La Lune


Catch King Krule on his huge international tour in the coming months at the dates below:

21/10 Washington, DC – Black Cat
22/10 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
24/10 25 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
26/10 Boston, MA – Paradise
28/10 Montreal, Quebec – Corona Theatre
29/10 Toronto, Ontario – Danforth Music Hall
30/10 Chicago, IL – Metro
31/10 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
03/11  Seattle, WA – The Showbox
04/11 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
05/11 Vancouver, British Columbia – Vogue Theatre
07/11 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
08/11 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
09/11 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
20/11 Bristol, England – Marble Factory
21-22/11 London, England – Koko
23/11 Leeds, England -Belgrave Music Hall
26/11 Paris, France – Casino De Paris
28/11 Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
29/11 Lyon, France – L’Epicerie Moderne
30/11 Zurich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik
01/12 Cologne Germany – Burgerhaus Stollwerck
03/12 Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
04/12 Berlin, Germany – Astra
05/12 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
08/12 Stockholm, Sweden – Vasateatern
10/12 Amsterdam, Holland – Melkweg
11/12 Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma
13/12 Dublin, Ireland – Academy
14/12 Manchester, England – Academy 2
15/12 Glasgow, Scotland – SWG3

Words by Ben Davies

featured image courtesy of Rich Fury/Getty Images for FYF



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