When Lancaster, PA's Carousel Kings were thinking of a title for album number three, they wanted to find a name that was tranquil, yet matches their glossy pop melodies and arena-sized hooks. Charm City is about that dream place, a trippy world shared by all, yet unique to the individual. "This is the place where I go in my dreams," says frontman David Alexander. "I want to connect the listener to my ‘Charm City', and realize that they too can envision and live in their own ‘Charm City' whenever they want to."
The concept behind the artwork was envisioned by famed visual designer Archan Nair, known for his collaborations with Kanye West and Lindsay Lohan. On the album cover, Alexander states, "The idea is a floating emerald city meets Neverland meets Atlantis type place. A place you always have the urge to go back to because as beautiful as it is, the mystery is forever and it's an everlasting escape. There is only one road to the city, and it's in you."
Having recorded nearly every previous piece of Carousel Kings material, producers Grant McFarland and Carson Slovak were called back to Atrium Audio (Candlebox, August Burns Red) in early 2016 to record Charm City. August Burns Red bassist/vocalist Dustin Davidson lends his voice on the track "Something Isn't Right." "We hope this record can connect both on an entertaining, fun level, and also get people thinking outside the box with regards to what it is they can accomplish," admits Alexander. "Anything is possible. Create your own ‘Charm City,' and go for it!"