In the lead up to the release of his second album ‘Gamble For A Rose’ on 22nd January 2016, London-based artist King Charles has released the dreamy music video for the title track. Having recorded the album in the English countryside with Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons, King Charles has taken a brand new collaborative focused approach to his music, creating a new sound since the release of his debut album ‘Loveblood’ back in 2012. ‘Gamble for a Rose’ follows the release of the first single for the album, the vibrant folk pop track Loose Change for the Boatman.
A passionate reunion, slow and atmospheric, the video perfectly encapsulates the strong emotion that shines through so fiercely across the length of the song. Inspired by his love for playing music with old friends including Marcus Mumford and Winston Marshall (Mumford & Sons), Charlie Fink and Tom Hobden (Noah and the Whale), ‘Gamble For a Rose’ involved King Charles and his friends decamping to a farm near Exeter to begin working up the songs, with mattresses pushed up against the walls to make vocal booths.
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. ‘Gamble For A Rose’ is a passionate, honest record fit for a King.
King Charles will release his second album ‘Gamble For A Rose’ on 22nd January 2016, through Buffalo Gang via Kobalt Label Services.