King Charles – Gamble For A Rose (Released 22nd January)

£17.99 – Coloured LP version

The LP is a limited edition coloured vinyl version.
Following his biggest tour to date, a 28 nights in 28 days extravaganza that ended with a triumphant headline show at the London Forum, Charles set out to make “the album I should have made five years ago.” Charles and old friend Marcus Mumford (who produced the album) began demoing songs and decamped to a farm near Exeter 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). Charles has recently supported Mumford & Sons at their O2 London gig.
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. 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).

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