LoveBlood - EP
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||LoveBlood (Radio Edit)||King Charles||2:33||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||LoveBlood||King Charles||2:45||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Tomorrow's Fool||King Charles||4:11||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||O' England||King Charles||3:37||£0.99||View In iTunes|
Dressed in bouffant dreadlocks, Snidely Whiplash mustache, and a bootcase of frilly pirate blouses, London-based indie rocker Charles Costa (aka King Charles) comes off as a kind of latter-day Adam Ant on his 2012 debut, Loveblood. However, where Adam Ant pillaged the punk rock sound of '80s London, King Charles is a frothier regent with an ear for the campy '70s glitter-synth of Sparks combined with the indie Afro-pop meets neo-new wave of Vampire Weekend. Musically, Loveblood is an elaborately produced affair with a generous amount of orchestral sounds, as well as acoustic and percussion instruments dressing up the overall driving electronic and indie folk-rock vibe. And though he clearly aspires to the royal rock heights of Freddie Mercury, King Charles is less Queen and more Mumford & Sons on Loveblood. Songs like the jaunty leadoff title track and the '50s doo wop meets "hooked on the classics"-style disco number "Bam Bam" are exuberantly batty, eminently hummable ditties that showcase King Charles' knack for laconic crooning and bodice-ripping romantic lyrics like "I will build a towering pyre of passion built by my desire." Similarly engaging tracks like the tropical island steel drum fantasy "Lady Percy," in which King Charles coos "Oh, I know Lady Percy will never come to my show/Up in the highlands racing cars, building guns, and breaking hearts," and the anthemic banjo-driven country-rocker "The Brightest Lights" are sparkling, foot-tapping numbers that blithely play up Charles' lordly hedonistic persona. Ultimately, while King Charles' moniker would indicate he's crowned himself Lord of the Pop Manor, in truth, he's seated a bit further down the line from the throne. That turns out to be a good thing for the vocalist, who's clearly cut out for making silly, romantic, and catchy music that's not exactly what you would call "regal."
King of Kings
Behold here entereth the King!!
Now Release the damn album... I'm getting antsy!!!
Alone on the throne EP with Loveblood
Wish that universal would have just released what they have in America here as well. The American's had Tomorrow's fool and O'England for ages now and we've only just got them! But they were worth the wait!!!! Amazing!
Born: London, England
Years Active: '10s
Top Albums and Songs by King Charles
||The Brightest Lights (feat. Mumford & Sons)||LoveBlood||3:36||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lady Percy||LoveBlood||3:19||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lady Percy||Lady Percy - Single||3:19||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Love Lust||LoveBlood||2:58||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mississippi Isabel||LoveBlood||3:03||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bam Bam||LoveBlood||2:55||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bam Bam||Bam Bam - EP||2:58||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||LoveBlood||LoveBlood||2:44||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||LoveBlood||LoveBlood - EP||2:45||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ivory Road||LoveBlood||3:56||£0.99||View In iTunes|