If you aren’t familiar with Marcus King, you’re missing out.
The guy is one of the most musically gifted artists in the game right now, from his vocals, to songwriting, and out of this world guitar abilities… he’s the total package.
Not to mention, his studio music doesn’t do him justice, and you have to attend one of his shows to experience the greatness live and his person.
Back in August, King released his fifth studio album, Young Blood, that perfectly exposes all aspects of King’s talents, and I believe it’s his best work to date.
The South Carolina native released his own, funky version of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” and big band version of his own song “It’s Too Late,” all for the Spotify Singles program.
King shared his experiences recording the songs a year ago at the legendary Electric Lady studio, based in New York City:
“Recording music at Electric Lady Studios was like a religious experience for myself and the band. We were greeted at the door by our dear friend and engineer William Garrett at the iconic entrance way of the studio.
The downstairs neighbors complained about the guitar amplifiers in the bathroom, it was a dream recording session! The songs were chosen carefully by myself and the group to fully represent all we can do musically. We started the day performing the opening track of Young Blood, ‘It’s Too Late,’ this time with a brass section.
‘Crazy’ by Gnarls Barkley has long been a cover we’ve performed on rare occasions. It seemed befitting given the lyrical content of the most recent album, and where I was mentally at the time.
We wanted to add a different spin to it so we decided to intertwine Fela Kuti’s ‘Zombie’ within our own take of ‘Crazy.’ We hope you enjoy it! Thank you to Electric Lady Studios and Spotify for the hospitality!”
Needless to say, King and his band served Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” justice by putting their own spin to it, and further proved the band’s versatility with “It’s Too Late.”
You can listen HERE.