King Charles

on Monday, November 09, 2009
The musical emergence of King Charles continues to shock/please me with every passing release. Having seen him appear in various guises at sporadic London gigs over the last few years and generally treating him largely as a comedic figure, his debut single as King Charles was surprisingly good. 'Time For Eternity' was like a classical renaissance overdubbed by disturbing spoken word, matched by a fairly peculiar video.

New single 'Love Lust' is even more ridiculous/courageous but, importantly, it is also quite brilliant. The galloping drums, shredding guitar lines, sci-fi sound effects, double tracked vocals and brilliant lyrics ("with a guitar in my hand or a gun in my hand, I'd give it all up for your hand in my hand") make this psychedelic prog-folk ballad one of the singles of the year.

Think Andrew WK meets Mumford & Sons. Actually, there's a good chance that King Charles may well become the British equivalent to Andrew WK. I think this live vid might help envisage that. Regardless, an eccentric icon to thrill us for years to come.

'Love Lust' is out digitally now and may well be out on 7" vinyl too. Your guess is as good as mine.


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