Top 100 Artists of the Decade: #75 Spencer Krug
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#75 Spencer Krug
Most everyone got their introduction to Spencer Krug as the man who gets the better end of dueling vocalists on Wolf Parade's Apologies to the Queen Mary. Dan Boeckner's tracks on that album are good, but Krug's jarring delivery is what owns that CD – he rips apart language like a vulture handles roadkill. That's the stuff trademarks are made of – it's just one of those inimitable styles you always recognize when you hear it.
But to understand Krug's jilted perspective, you have to take a look at his other projects. He came into the music world in earnest as a keyboardist for Frog Eyes, under the wing of the ever-tender psychopath Carey Mercer. And what a beastly wing that is: Mercer is responsible for some of the fiercest, most bizarre language in all of indie rock (check their slot on our album list for a full dive into that). You have to suspect that it was here where Krug learned how to rip apart the ragged fabric of insanity and craft it into a swatch of compelling lyricism. When he went on to focus on Sunset Rubdown, a solo-project-turned-band after Absolutely Kosher picked them up, we knew he'd become a mainstay in the slice of the rock world that embraces the savage. Fans of Krug's dominance on Apologies have slowly been migrating to Sunset Rubdown's output – a startling, mystical turn off the main road of indie rock, a dive into the dark in which Krug's freakish lyrical styling can rightly go unchecked.
In whichever form he appears, Spencer Krug speaks his own dialect. Some people hate his delivery, but isn't that the mark of an artist? No important voice has ever been unanimously liked, simply because a voice must be original to be compelling, and originality scares the shit out of some people. Like him or no, you have to admire the style he manufactured – it's a far cry from the faceless frontmen of most forgettable indie rock bands.