Saturday, March 25, 2017

3 Feet High & Rising: Leeds-based Krrum Let Loose Hot Chip, Kanye, Thom Yorke, Bon Iver & Justice-inspired "Moon" from Forthcoming Summer 2017 EP (37 Adventures/+1 Records)



"Equal parts ethereal and infectious, "Moon" is a smoothly assured return from Krrum, with its early Metronomy or Hot Chip-inspired electronics enveloping a song which fundamentally deals, they say, "with the ritual of wanting to pursue a relationship with someone, but not wanting to jump the gun and ruin it. It's an uncomfortable place to be because you have no control and you're probably gonna mess it all up, like you always do,'" Krrum frontman Alex Carrie wrote within a recent Golightly Media press release. Krrum was founded by "spectacularly-bearded lead producer and song-writer Alex Carrie" around 2010 and sees to have recently morphed into a fully-fleshed out band, as their Facebook page repeatedly states, "Krrum is a band." It appears as though Krrum is often rounded out by lead vocalist and song-writer Harrison Warke—whom Carrie met while studying production at Leeds College of Music"Morphine" harmony vocalist and song-writer Curtis Thewlis-Johns, and potentially, a fourth currently unspecified member. Krrum recently listed their genre-spanning influences as James Blake, Clams Casino, Destiny's Child, MellowHype, Bon Iver, Nick Murphy (formerly Chet Faker), Jai Paul, Father John Misty, Chemical Brothers, The Life of Peder producer Lido, ScHoolboy Q, Kid Cudi's "Rock" group WZRD, Caribou, and Radiohead on a recent NOTION Magazine-assembled mixtape.


Krrum's past releases include 2016 Evil Twin EP, which showcased "Morphine" and Complex-premiered "Evil Twin," Annie Mac presented "Blessing In a Black Dress," their aforementioned NOTION Magazine-complied mixtape, and a series of non-album (or EP) singles released in the past seven or so months: "Still Love," "Hard On You," a cover of Flume's "Never Be Like You," and now, "Moon." Its companion press release denotes that "Moon" "further refines this underlying passion for traditional song-writing; on one hand, confessional artists like Justin Vernon and Thom Yorke (and on the other, the beats of Kanye or the grooves of Justice.)" Krrum released "Moon" yesterday, March 23rd, on 37 Adventures/+1 Records, like their previous singles, all of which will likely be packaged on a forthcoming EP currently scheduled to be unveiled this summer. "Moon" is currently available for streaming on Soundcloud, Spotify, etc. and was accompanied by Solay Elibol-filmed, Krrum directed and produced DIY lyric video starring Millie Malir. It appears as though BIG THINGS are currently happening for Alex Carrie and his Krrum bandmates and I'm happy I'm just now first discovering them on the heels of "Moon" and their forthcoming Summer 2017 EP! For anyone who may not have previously heard of Krrum, I would likely best equate it to something along the lines of Passion Pit's 2008 Chunk of Change EP, Clams Casino's Instrumentals I-II mixtapes (2011-12), or maybe even TV On The Radio's critically-acclaimed Jazz/Art-Rock and Doo-Wop-inspired 2004 debut, Desperate Youth, Blood-thirsty Babes.

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