King Krule is finally back with news of his highly-anticipated third album Man Alive!, as well as unveiling the lead single "(Don’t Let The Dragon) Draag On" which arrives with his first self-directed visual.
"(Don’t Let The Dragon) Draag On" is the first new single from King Krule, aka Archy Marshall, since he released his short film Hey World! in November 2019, which included an acoustic performance of the track released today (14 January).
King Krule's forthcoming album Man Alive! will follow on from his Mercury Prize nominated second album The Ooz.
Marshall partly recorded his new album at Shrunken Heads in Nunhead, London with co-producer Dilip Harris before the arrival of his daughter with Charlotte Patmore in March 2019.
He relocated to North West England when he found out about his daughter, and resumed recording his new LP at Eve Studios in Stockport when he moved.
Marshall says the new album title "is an exclamation, about the times we live in. Like, 'Fucking hell, man!'". He got the title from a CD his uncle gave him back in 2013, and he originally planned to use it for The Ooz. Marshall adds, "But ‘The Ooz’ really summed up that record, just this splurge of everything I love – messy and with no direction. I thought, anyway, 'Nah, I can’t steal it off him', but now I'm like, 'Fuck it, I'm gonna use it!' I haven't really spoken to him about it actually. I just liked the idea of it as an exclamation. It's kind of like, 'Oh shit!’, but I didn't wanna call it that, I wanted it to be 'Man Alive!' – super-Americanized, like a saying from Adam West as Batman."