New Place 2 Drown
A New Place 2 Drown is a multidisciplinary work between brothers Archy and Jack Marshall composed of a book, a short film and a “soundtrack” to both. Archy, ever the artistic chameleon, is best known of late as King Krule, the ultra-baritoned experimental English musician whose debut, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, was a critical home run in 2013. On A New Place 2 Drown, Archy exposes the marrow of his more avant-garde muses, fusing trip-hop beats, heavy-lidded poetry and a menagerie of audio samples to cut to the core of his and Jack’s strong familial and artistic bond. Emerging like an aural multimedia sound collage, tunes like “Arise Dear Brother” buoy the best borrowed vibes of his fellow countryman Dean Blunt and splices them with self-aware lyricism. The film follows the Marshalls around the East Dulwich district in London, where they still live a mostly insular life with their mother—Jack as a visual artist and Archy as the new voice of disaffected youth. Through the combined power of the three media, and with the strength of like-minded sibling partnership, this is an impressive project.