You’ll be hearing a lot about King Krule in the lists of bands to watch out for in 2012. Even though he’s seven years younger than me (it’s taken a few weeks to get over the fact) I can see the talent throughout all 12 minutes and 36 seconds of his first release proper, the King Krule EP. The video for ‘The Noose of Jah City’ (also his first) may not grab you as a standalone but closing the EP, it sounds perfect, fitting in seamlessly with what’s gone before and really grabbing the listener from what may have been expected. “Time never gave me a chance,” 17-year-old Archy Marshall sings on ‘Portrait in Black and Blue’. As a great man once sang himself: “How can someone so young sing words so sad?” Everything about Marshall, formerly known as Zoo Kid – from the cradle to the throne, I guess – belies his youth. And just when you think you are getting a grip on the self-titled EP, ‘Lead Existence’ just ends, stopping after 71 seconds; what confidence to go into a much slower, late-night track. ‘The Noose of Jah City’ is built around a quiet guitar line, repeating throughout. “My soul is left to drown, suffocating in concrete,” Marshall says in his best Joe Strummer impression, without a hint of lament. It’s no surprise that the video is just King Krule surveying his concrete jungle kingdom. Stardom awaits.

‘The Noose of Jah City’ is taken from King Krule‚Äôs self-titled debut EP, out now on True Panther. Get it on iTunes. There’s more from former incarnation Zoo Kid on Bandcamp.