King Charles fires into 2022 in style as he releases his brand new EP ‘All I Know’, the title track of which is his new single. His recent singles, ‘Oh Mama’ and ‘12345’, demonstrated that his abilities as a songwriter continue to grow in stature as he adds to a career that has already achieved over 100 million streams.
The ‘All I Know’ EP is the first in a series of releases which will see Charles experiment within a variety of different genres and sonic approaches. As the recent singles have shown, this EP finds him channelling his folk and indie roots through the lineage of the timeless British songwriters that have preceded him. He introduced songs from the EP during his recent UK tour, which included two sold-out London shows at Omeara and prompted Bittersweet Symphonies to hail him as “one of our most thoughtful songwriters.”
Charles says, “I wanted to approach this EP with a live show in mind. I wanted these recordings to sound like songs I’d want to perform on stage. I know recording mid-pandemic with this in mind is an interesting decision but after performing some of these songs in the November UK tour, after 18 months of reschedules I knew that it was worth waiting for.
In the time between the release of this new EP and ‘Out of My Mind’ a lot has changed for me. It was important for me that however introspective the lyrics are, I wanted it to sound like I wanted to feel – and that was full of energy and celebration, whatever the emotions behind the songs. I feel like different experiences have a sound and mood of their own and following that will always be a part of how I write songs; I’m precious about them knowing that they’ll stay with you forever. I’m still obsessed with making music, it gets me out of bed every day and dreams of seeing the world with my songs and my band keeps me on fire for this life.”
The new single ‘All I Know’ takes a more reflective tone to what we heard on the EP’s previous singles. The song peaks with a gospel-like fervour as spirited female vocal harmonies support King Charles’s impassioned lead. Lyrically it explores the concept that whatever you plan in life and however much you learn, one of the few things you can rely on for certain are the strength of your emotions. That heartfelt approach extends to the live instrumentation, with a cascading guitar riff and the warmth provided by the undercurrent of the organ.
The EP is completed by a second new song in the shape of ‘How I Long’. Despite its bright, positive sound, ‘How I Long’ uses personal despair as the starting point for yearning for a love that can completely change your perception of the world around you. The hurt remains, but there’s hope for brighter days ahead.
King Charles recorded the ‘All I Know’ EP at Eastcote Studios, London. He produced it alongside Nick ‘Moss’ Rogers (Kárryn, SG Lewis) and it was mixed by Simon Hanhart (David Bowie). Its first two singles also feature violin courtesy of Tom Hobden (Gang of Youths, Noah and the Whale).
King Charles will embark upon a European headline tour in March, while UK dates already include the Standon Calling festival (headlined by Madness) and a London show as special guest to Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. Please see his website for ticket details for the dates below:
1st – Amsterdam, Melkweg
6th – Munich, Milla
7th – Vienna, B72
8th – Leipzig, Moritzbastei
10th – Hamburg, Nochtspeicher
11th – Hannover, Béi Chéz Heinz
12th – Berlin, Privatclub
13th – Cologne, Artheat
23rd – London, Electric Brixton (with Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.)
4th – How The Light Gets In
21st – Standon Calling
King Charles’s talent was first recognised when he became the first British artist to win Nashville’s International Songwriting Competition. It was an accolade that was all the more remarkable given that it was judged by Tom Waits, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn and Jeff Beck. Always evolving, his songwriting is consistently compelling regardless of the style he is exploring. As a result, he has been compared to everyone from Prince and Adam Ant to Vampire Weekend, Passenger and Jamie T.
Those songs translate to a strong live following. In his hometown of London he has headlined venues including the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the O2 Kentish Town Forum, KOKO and the Scala, and international touring has taken him everywhere from the USA to Lithuania. He has supported some of the world’s biggest artists, such as The Rolling Stones and Mumford & Sons. Meanwhile, key festivals have included Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Latitude.
King Charles completed the ambitious Feel Good Jog last summer, a gruelling schedule of 40 marathons and 40 live performances in 40 days. It raised £70,000 for the youth and community charity Regenerate.