• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | Marcus King - It's Too Late (live)

Marcus King is zo één van die uitmuntende muzikanten waar hier zo goed als niemand iets over schrijft. Niet moeilijk ook want geen enkele promo in onze mailbox terwijl zijn album hier nochtans via Universal Music is verschenen. It's Too Late laat meteen ook een ander, meer potig geluid horen. Dat heeft volgens mij héél veel te maken met de producer, m.n. Dan Auerbach. Weg met de overdosis soul - al blijft die natuurlijk in de stem aanwezig - weg met blazers en keys, weg met backing koortjes en vooral, weg met ellenlange solo's. Auerbach moest en zou King laten rocken en dat is hem méér dan gelukt.

Young Blood is op 9 september 2022 verschenen via American Recordings / Republic Records. Luister ook naar: Hard Working Man (live) Pain Blood on the Tracks


26-year-old artist Marcus King presents his new album, Young Blood, produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach via American Recordings/Republic Records. After touring with the Marcus King Band for over 10 years (as well as tours with Chris Stapleton, Greta Van Fleet, and Nathaniel Rateliff) and releasing 3 albums with them, Marcus released his GRAMMY-nominated 2021 solo debut album, El Dorado. He continues to tour with over 100 global headline shows in 2022.

The project re-teams King with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who previously produced King’s 2020 solo album El Dorado. Both that album and Young Blood were recorded at Auerbach’s Easy Eye studio in Nashville. This time around, King is backed only by bassist and longtime Auerbach collaborator Nick Movshon and drummer Chris St. Hilaire, who played percussion on El Dorado.

Throughout, the music is lean and mean, and King’s vulnerability amid a devastating breakup is on full display. First single “Hard Working Man,” opener “It’s Too Late” and the cowbell-laced “Dark Cloud” are invigorating rockers gleefully beamed straight off the ’70s FM radio dial, while the Desmond Child co-write “Blood on the Tracks” funnels peak Creedence Clearwater Revival into a glorious kiss-off and closer “Blues Worse Than I Ever Had” finds King emoting the kind of pure soul that would make Otis Redding proud. “A lot of influences went into this album, and it ended up sounding like something new to me, even though it was inspired by music I’ve listened to for a long time,” King says.