FSM Favorite : Carnival Youth
It would only be normal, after an almost 4-month hiatus of FSM work, to write about one of my favourite ‘new’ bands.
Please meet, if you don’t know them yet, Latvian four-piece Carnival Youth!
Tingly neo-folk tunes on a layer of gently crunchy pop with a bite is what these guys do.
The band already toured Europe last year, showcased their debut EP at The Great Escape festival in Brighton, played Sziget and Eurosonic, and are now about to embark on the 13-days German/Swiss/Austrian leg of their tour supporting the release of their debut album No Clouds Allowed!
Carnival Youth’s break-through single Never Have Enough, released last summer, turned slowly into the soundtrack of my autumn days. It discreetly creeped up in my most-played list and before I knew it, I was whistling the little piano riff from the chorus on my daily commute.
As said, Carnival Youth released No Clouds Allowed just over two weeks ago. Not just an album; no, we can already state that it’s an award-winning album. The band was awarded the Latvian Music Award for Best Debut.
On that album is this track, Traffic Lights, which opens like a track from your parents’ 70s record collection.
However, in typical fashion, the song ramps up to the level of probably becoming a festival favourite in the near future.
Style-wise, it flies past Mumford & Sons, slightly bumps into Bombay Bicycle Club and ends up with a hint of harmonic love.
And as a proper indie-band ought to do, the lads understand the art of proper video making. Just have a look at the cinematic video for Octopus.
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Disclaimer: Yes, I took the photo from their Facebook page. Respect/kudos to the photographer. Make yourself known and we’ll send you a little gift.
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