KING KRULE The OOZ ★★★★ XL Record­ings

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - DEAN VAN NGUYEN

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 is full of of high­lights:

Lonely Blue has a 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.

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