Who Is King Charles?
King Charles, the singer not the British Monarch, is a glam folk singer from London England. His real name is Charles Costa. He plays a wide range of instruments, including the guitar, cello, and piano. He gained some recognition when he won the International Songwriting Competition in 2009 which was judged by Tom Waits, Jeff Beck, Loretta Lynn and Jerry Lee Lewis. After winning this competition he was signed by Universal Republic/Island. He also holds a close relation with Mumford and Sons opening for them on various tours and duetting on The Brightest Lights together
Why you should listen to him?
His first album Loveblood is poetry in song
Having discovered King Charles through Youtube, after he was advertised on an advert before a video I was watching. I was instantly hooked to his song Bam Bam. Bam Bam introducing me to his unique sound, with its fast pace and his unusual look. King Charles attire being smart, his hair tall and having genuinely that whole gentlemen look to him. Intrigued by this eccentric individual I would go on to listen to his LoveBlood album, every song creative and catchy. His album producing romantic and catchy music as he walks through the trials of love. Ivory Road describing his love for a lady. A lyric being ”you are the oxygen in my blood”, showing off his songwriting skills. Lady Percy built to make people smile with its steel drums and the energy this song resonates. He also has darker songs on his album, however, Polar Bears using drums in a warish kind of way, along with the cello. The moral of the song has a slightly dark meaning, don’t be blinded by looks, ”a snake that will lead you to the apple of sin” as said in his mini rap. I was lucky to see this life and it was amazing, just have a man standing to bang on a drum in a violent way, a stunning visual. His whole album is in incredible from top to bottom.
His second Album Gamble For a Rose
Love and romance are again his inspiration for his second album, however it more downbeat than his first album. It offers more somber songs such as Gamble Rose for a Rose and Coco Chitty. King Charles sang previously on his LoveBlood album, he uses his vocals to create a new meaning to the song with the grief he provokes. It is still a brilliant album, however, as it is still excellently written and clearly has a strong influence from Mumford and Sons. Bright Thing is my favorite of the album because of the way he sings ”love like lightening”, sounding like Wolf Alice’s Silk when she says ”shades of black and white”. It’s infectious and ultimately cheesy.
I believe King Charles is underrated and he should be producing music far more often then he has been over the years. He is overdue a third album and is one of my favorite artists.