King Krule - The OOZ album review: as classically cool as a round-neck tee

Fri, Oct 13, 2017, 05:00



King Krule

XL Recordings


King Krule’s arrangements are never weighted down by unnecessary clutter or overbearing production tricks. This is music akin to a meal cooked from scratch – all you need sometimes are basic but tasty ingredients.

On The OOZ, the 23-year-old South Londoner deploys slow-hand guitar licks, crashing drums and the odd bit of brass or electronica to form raw, bluesy orchestration that’s as classically cool as a round-neck tee. On top hangs his deep, heavily accented voice – an immersive yet oddly soulful thing that could still turn water into stone.

At 19 tracks, the album has plenty of highlights: Lonely Blue has a basement jazz club feel as Krule’s yearning vocals echo out over some sparse guitar lines, while the more propulsive Emergency Blimp rollicks hard, but not so hard the wheels ever come off the singer’s compelling grooves.