King Charles shares his brand new single ‘12345’, which previews the release of his upcoming EP ‘All I Know’. Previously previewed by this summer’s track ‘Animal’, ‘All I Know’ will be the first in a series of four EPs, each of which will see Charles exploring different genres and sonic styles.
‘12345’ is arguably King Charles’s most immediately captivating song to date. Featuring a rich, organic full live band feel, and soulful female backing vocals, the song finds Charles’s expressive topline exploring the idea of searching for identity and meaning in a world that’s forever changing. As a result, ‘12345’ feels like a modern answer to the timeless British pop of The Kinks and Elvis Costello, but one that could also appeal to fans of contemporary artists as diverse as Villagers or Blossoms.
The song was produced by King Charles with Nick ‘Moss’ Rogers (Kárryn, SG Lewis) and mixed by Simon Hanhart (David Bowie). It also features violin courtesy of Tom Hobden of Gang of Youths and previously of Noah and the Whale.
King Charles says, “I’m happy to have got ‘12345’ into the EP, it came together quite quickly while we were all in the studio. I was working with a new band at Eastcote Studios in west London where I managed to steal away my favourite violinist for a minute to get his mind and his magic onto it.
I gravitate to a sound that all my previous work has orbited around and this song and the EP is a new satellite in that orbit. I have a little bit of a preoccupation with time and purpose and I think this song describes where I’ve been at, and what I’ve been chewing on. I’ll be playing this one on tour and I know it’s going to be the right sound that people will wanna soak in.”
This summer saw King Charles complete The Feel Good Jog, a gruelling schedule of 40 marathons and 40 live performances in just 40 days. Taking him from John O’Groats to Land’s End, the challenge has so far raised over £70,000 for the youth and community charity Regenerate.
The challenge also aimed to encourage people to share their problems, and to change preconceptions around mental health issues. It’s something Charles feels passionately about, having experienced his own long-term struggle with psychological issues following a serious accident in 2010. The longer-term impact of his trauma affected the parts of his brain which controlled his inhibitions and emotions, and it wasn’t until 2018 that he was discharged. The challenge was documented by the Evening Standard, and donations can be made here.
King Charles is currently embarking upon his first conventional headline tour in over two years. The London show at Omeara rapidly sold-out, resulting in the addition of a second date the following night. He also recently announced details of a European tour in March 2022, which will soon be expanded with some additional shows.
Tickets for the remaining shows, listed below, are available here for the UK
1st – Nottingham, Glee Club
2nd – Cambridge, The Portland Arms
3rd – London, Omeara (SOLD OUT)
4th – London, Omeara (ADDED DATE)
5th – Ashford, Revelation
6th – Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon
7th – Bristol, Thekla