King Krule’s viscous new track ‘Seaforth’ sees Archy Marshall contemplate the different areas fatherhood impacts him, from his own dreams to the climate crisis.
The single isn’t far away from where we’ve been taken before, but there’s a feeling of restraint. Like its sentiment, the song is indeterminate; guitars are obscured by rides, and rides are obscured by Marshalls warbling as he spouts ‘This faith is all I have’, things become a little clearer.
The single is accompanied by a Jocelyn Anquetil music video; a beautiful ensemble of images all intertwined and as reliable as a memory. As Marshall croons ‘Despite the brick walls, the ceiling/Up here I’m freer than the birds’, we’re shown images of a Golden retriever and his pup play, again things become a little clearer.
As a love song, ‘Seaforth’ plays into cliches of ‘fires in hearts’ and the like, but in a way which gives close listeners the reward of its magic; it’s not shallow romanticism, it’s heartfelt paternal love.
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Photo by Frank Lebon.
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