Behind him, smoke curled into the wintry sky above Fiddlers Ferry power station. With the sun setting over its chimneys, he picked out drowsy notes on his guitar, singing deeply over the top. What on earth was the flame-haired singer up to, miles from his south London home, his Fender Mustang hanging loosely over his shoulder? As it turns out, Marshall has a new stomping ground these days, having moved to the north-west after his partner became pregnant in , to be closer to her family. It is another cold evening, and he is in London rehearsing in preparation to tour Man Alive! The story behind the trip to the power station became clear before Christmas, when Marshall uploaded a grainy video titled Hey World! His girlfriend — photographer Charlotte Patmore, who was heavily pregnant during parts of the recording — was behind the camera. Having left the grime and grind of London, things have changed for the year-old, who first emerged as a snarling, hollow-cheeked teen in the video for the searing Out Getting Ribs and built a reputation for angry, tender songwriting, blackened by the stories of his young life.
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Archy Ivan Marshall born 24 August  , also known by his stage name King Krule aka Edgar The Beatmaker , is an English singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and musician. He began recording music in under the moniker Zoo Kid. The following year he adopted his present name. He has released several EPs, and his debut full-length album, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon , was released in to positive critical reception. His music blends elements of punk jazz with hip hop , darkwave and trip hop. He was later accepted into the Brit School to study art, where he struggled with discipline initially, but soon found his place. Marshall has said that he was tested for several mental health conditions at London's Maudsley Hospital. He refers to his mental health issues, such as depression and insomnia, in some of his lyrics. During an interview with NPR , Marshall recalled that he often created art in many different media, as his parents encouraged creativity throughout his childhood. He created a genre of music called "Bluewave" and its form was realised in the mixtape entitled U.
The first time I saw King Krule , performing at an event for the now-defunct College Media Journal Music Marathon in New York hosted by The Fader in , he seemed an excited and preternaturally talented teen guitar wiz on the rise. He travels out of step with the speed of music-industry celebrity, where it behooves many artists to be ever-present on social media and releasing new songs at a steady clip. Marshall works at his own pace. Then, halfway through recording, Marshall learned that his partner, photographer Charlotte Patmore — whom he met during the sessions for the King Krule debut 6 Feet Beneath the Moon in , after she sent him a shot-in-the-dark email about collaborating — was pregnant with their first child.