archy marshall shares new electronic music as edgar the breathtaker

The artist best known as King Krule did some tinkering with an old electronic moniker and dropped a link to some ‘new electronic garbage’ over the weekend.

by Emily Manning and i-D Staff
09 May 2016, 5:20pm

Photography Alasdair McLellan

Archy Marshall has never put limits on his sound. He's perhaps best known as King Krule, but he's got a host of side projects in addition to the jazz-tinged, punk-leaning tunes he makes under the moniker. Last year, Archy released A New Place 2 Drown, an exciting multimedia project crafted in collaboration with his brother Jack that contained a rich array of electronic trip-hop cuts — tracks that harked back to the early beats Marshall produced as DJ JD Sports and Edgar the Beatmaker. Over the weekend, he reminded us just how widely his musical output ranges when he shared a link to a Boiler Room set performed as Edgar the Breathtaker on Facebook.

The video captures Archy's "new electronic garbage" as he called it — a set just short of 20 minutes performed for a small crowd in London. Marshall's down-tempo walls of haze are punctuated by lo-fi glitches and crackles that give the work gritty layers. Some of the set is lifted from A New Place 2 Drown (its opening track sounds a lot like "Sex With Nobody"), which makes sense: the late March evening celebrated the launch of Jamie Isaac's latest mixtape Loose Grip, gathering a bunch of his friends and collaborators (Dublin rapper Rejjie Snow stepped up to the decks, too). Isaac is the only listed feature on A New Place 2 Drown, teaming up with the brothers Marshall for "Ammi Ammi."

It's unclear if Marshall plans to further develop any of his self-professed garbage, but we certainly hope he doesn't toss it in the trash! 


Text Emily Manning
Photography Alasdair McLellan
Styling Max Pearmain

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