New Music: King Charles ‘Choke’

London-based artist King Charles is making more impact on the world of folk pop with his latest single, the heart rendering ballad ‘Choke’. The third single from his upcoming album, the Marcus Mumford co-produced ‘Gamble for a Rose’, is another exploration of the character that is dramatically transformed from the person who released debut album Loveblood in 2012. ‘Gamble for a Rose’ is set for release on the 22nd of January 2016. Following ‘Loose Change For A Boatman,’ and the album title track, ‘Choke’ was written the first moment into the collaboration. Describing the composing of the track as a ‘refreshing’ experience,King Charles and Marcus Mumford stumbled upon the track as if by fate. “Marcus and I wrote this together in the first demoing session we did on the farm,” says King Charles. “It was one of those songwriting moments where we sat down with our guitars and the song seemed to arrive almost before we’d begun playing. Last 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.” 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).

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