News from the True Panther realm:
Earlier this morning A New Place 2 Drown was announced. This multidisciplinary body of work includes a book, soundtrack (by Archy Marshall) and a short film, directed by Will Robson Scott (trailer above). The brains begin all this, Jack and Archy Marshall have shared details for all elements of this release below...
Following on from “Inner City Ooz,” last year’s collaborative art exhibition between Jack and Archy, which wove together music, visual art, and live performance, A New Place 2 Drown delves even deeper, drawing further from Jack’s discipline as a visual artist and Archy’s as a musician (under the pseudonym King Krule among others), to create something inimitable and entirely unique as a result.The volume of poetry and artwork, published by Topsafe, invites readers into the brothers’ everyday lives in South London. By turns candid and tender, acute and distrait, ANP2D provides a glimpse into the creative process that Jack and Archy both share, and the restless, lyrical world that they inhabit.Then, coming on the heels of the 208-page book is a stunning 37-minute, 12-song soundtrack of brand new music from Archy Marshall, released on December 10th on True Panther Sounds (US) / XL Recordings (UK). While intended as an essential companion piece to the book, the soundtrack showcases a different side to Archy’s musical craft, highlighting more evolved electronic production colored with Archy’s poetic verse delivered in his distinct baritone. The entire project is tied together by a short film by Will Robson Scott, which incorporates elements of the book and the soundtrack, including behind-the-scenes interviews with the Marshall brothers and their mother. View the trailer for the film HERE and visit the website to hear tracks from the soundtrack.
I'm sure many of us had mixed feelings reading about Kim Fowley's passing this week. Focusing on the good (of which there was a LOT), here's something I only just found out about: his proteges the Hollywood Stars recorded Fowley's composition "King of the Night Time World" three years before KISS got there, and as much as we all love Destroyer (and we really do), the LA quartet slay NYC this time out. CHECK IT OUT and pay respect to Kim.
Today Archy and co. released the video for "A Lizard State" from last year's 6 Feet Beneath The Moon.
The video, directed by Jamie-James Medina and introduced by Alfred Hitchcock, was inspired by Hitchcock's film Dial M For Murder:
Speaking on the video, Medina said:
"Archy and I both love Hitchcock and we've spent a lot of time away from music talking about his films. When I heard the phone ringing over the intro all I could think about was Dial M For Murder and the scene where Grace Kelly answers the phone. That really started the conversation. I had this idea of Hitchcock introducing King Krule. I've seen every episode of Hitchcock Presents and every introduction that he gives is brilliant - you could use any episode and it would work. We loved the idea of Archy defying gravity and that being the setting for his performance. But right up until shooting we didn't know if we'd get permission to use the Hitchcock footage - to have him appear. Its such an honor that the Hitchcock estate gave us the opportunity. And then at the very end he said, 'and the room is full of lizards', so we had to find a set of lizards and managed to get a guy who entertains at children's parties."
You know em when you see em, and though I can't think of single other example at this moment, I know they're out there (HELLO COMMENTS SECTION!): television appearances that herald an artist's arrival, and that capture an unforgettable moment in time. It's a special thing to be there when it happens, or around the corner at a bar:
or try this version:
King Krule's debut album 6 Feet Beneath The Moon is onsale now. Like, at a discount!