Marcus King, revered as the King of modern-day blues rock, captivates audiences anew with his latest album, “Mood Swings”. Fans familiar with King's signature powerhouse vocals and roiling guitar riffs from his acclaimed records “El Dorado” or “Young Blood” were pleasantly surprised by the soulful depth of his latest offering. King proves the glory of the music industry in 2024. Artists have every right to be fluid with their genre and play around with their means. Marcus King took that to a whole new level. °1824 gave us another beautiful opportunity to open a conversation with Marcus himself. The conversation gave us time to reflect that artists like Marcus were opening new sonic spaces that some do not even know about. “Mood Swings” was agreed to be an emotional and mental health-focused release. Ally Hall, our °1824 moderator, put it perfectly when she said the record, “welcomes listeners into the folds of despair without trapping them there.” 
The record represents a capsule for Marcus King which encapsulates the essence of what he has gone through. It preserves the sound, passion, joy, and pain that define his artistry and himself. We had the pleasure of asking, “You have been transparent on social media about your struggle with mental health which is not an easy thing to do. What was one thing you heard that stuck with you to keep going?” King, first, commended himself for being transparent on social media about his struggle. He admitted that being a creative with repressed trauma can be challenging especially for family and friends. He expressed gratitude for the validation and support he receives from his wife, highlighting her role in his healing journey. King shared his approach to dealing with trauma: acknowledging it, discussing it, and then setting it aside to focus on moving forward. He also spoke about the ongoing nature of this struggle, even while on the road. 
As a touring artist, he travels from town to town, seeking validation from audiences, and finds solace through it. "Mood Swings" not only showcases Marcus King's musical evolution but also serves as a mirror reflecting the complexities of the human experience. It's an album that invites listeners to confront their own emotions, to sit with them, and ultimately, to find catharsis and healing. Through his music, King creates a space where vulnerability is celebrated, and where pain is transformed into beauty. In a music industry often dominated by trends, Marcus King stands out as an artist unafraid to bare his soul and share his truth. His transparency about his mental health struggles is not only courageous but also serves as a beacon of hope for others facing similar challenges. In a world that often stigmatizes mental health issues, King's openness is a powerful reminder of the importance of self-care and seeking support.
- Gabrielle Sanchez

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