King Charles is set to release his second album ‘Gamble For A Rose’ on 22ndn January 2016, through Buffalo Gang via Kobalt Label Services.
King Charles is a different person to the one who released extraordinary debut album ‘Loveblood’ in 2012. Not only has his appearance changed, his long dreads cut perhaps as a symbol of the move away from his old persona to a new more mature Charles, but his music and outlook are underpinned by a need to return to find the root of his musical passion, the reason he started playing, and that all started with friends.
This year Charles took on his biggest tour to date, a 28 nights in 28 days extravaganza that would have broken a lesser individual, but ended in triumph as he headlined the London Forum. Emboldened, one of the first things he said to his friend Marcus Mumford was “I want to make the album I should have made five years ago.” So, Charles and Marcus began demoing songs, declaring the whole idea of the project to be “music to my ears”, Marcus said he would produce it and they decamped to a farm near Exeter to begin working up the songs, with mattresses pushed up against the walls to make vocal booths and old friends to jam with including Charlie Fink and Tom Hobden (Noah and the Whale) and Winston Marshall (Mumford & Sons).
The first song to be unveiled from ‘Gamble For A Rose’ is the album opener ‘Loose Change For A Boatman’, a passionate love song (“You say your love for me has waned from the storm, Your passions have fallen from the days of old, If ever you loved me, If ever at all, Our souls are tied.”), which builds and builds before exploding into riotous, arena-leveling colour.
Charles’ recording story began in 2010 when a few months after a near-fatal skiing accident he won Grand Prize at the International Songwriting Competition for a piece called ‘Love Lust’. Soon after he signed to Universal in America and relocated to LA where he made his debut album ‘Love Blood’ with Matthew Wilder (No Doubt, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson). All was thundering along, but lingering problems from the accident remained. It was a remarkable time that produced a remarkable record, but it wasn’t true to Charles’ artistic roots, so he decided to leave his label and management to find out what was. The result is ‘Gamble For A Rose’, where his multi instrumental talent shines against the lyrical backdrop of his search for true love. ‘Gamble For A Rose’ is a passionate, honest record fit for a King.
‘Gamble For A Rose’ is available for pre-order in limited edition coloured vinyl, CD and download with special signed exclusives available at www.smarturl.it/kingcharles.