King Krule - Rock Bottom
King Krule (previously Zoo Kid) has been making music for a couple of years now, and I still find it difficult to understand why he isn’t more widely known. You have an artist like Jake Bugg who is recycling a tired Bob Dylan sound with a ‘brit-grit’ Oasis aesthetic and quickly becoming one of the most boring British artists in the mainstream (a mighty feat considering the charts have been full of watered-down grime, x-factor finalists, and the same 5 American hip-hop/r&b/pop artists for the past few years), who has made an album which is worshipped by radio 1 and critically acclaimed despite aforementioned unoriginality… and King Krule is subtlety creating experimental/indie/trip-hop/I-don’t-know-what in a really unexpected and interesting way and still being kept on the DL. I don’t think chart-crossover is a good thing or proof of worthiness (it quite clearly isn’t) but I find it frustrating when an artist who could grow into something influential is passed over in favour of something safe.
I guess it’s not the chart attention but more the praise from music journalists whom I respect that bothers me about Bugg. I do not understand his appeal and I think it is fleeting.
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