Archy Marshall has described his musical brain as a stylistic “meat grinder” and on ‘6 Feet Beneath The Moon’ he welds a love of ’50s rock’n’roll and rockabilly to classic jazz, hip-hop and UK bass music with poise. Zeroing in on the tests of love, depression and growing up, his lyrical economy is disarmingly sharp, and his ability to craft characters and sketch scenes on ‘Easy Easy’ and ‘Ocean Bed’ in particular evokes the attention to detail of Damon Albarn and Alex Turner, surveying the hoi polloi from above.

Rodaidh McDonald’s production lends the songs that ethereal, nocturnal quality that he teased out so skillfully on The xx’s debut LP, helping to tie Marshall’s rich sonic palette together beautifully. While the precociousness of this talent is staggering in itself, we should be careful to judge ‘6 Feet Beneath The Moon’, which arrives on its creator’s 19th birthday, on its merits. Luckily, it has the teeth, imagination and striking originality to take its place alongside the great British debuts.


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