July 3, 2014 by Robb Powell
**OUT JULY 21st**
Listening to their Never Have Enough EP, I can’t help but feel there is something magical and rather special about Carnival Youth. Formed just two years ago in Latvia, the sound on this short release is so strong and accomplished. The vocals are dreamy yet solid with a superb quality not unlike to the hypnotic Charlie Fink of Noah and the Whale. They have also drawn comparisons with Bombay Bicycle Club but between you and me, I think Carnival Youth are better. Controversial perhaps but it is what the music is saying to me. And this music? It is a perfect concoction of contemporary alternative folk-infused indie pop. Genre music by numbers it is not. It sounds fresh and breathtaking. Finally something new to wake us up from the tired dross being continually churned out by the big labels.
From the off opening track Octopus pulls no punches. Two tentacles grab on to your head while the rest burrow right down your lugholes and wrap themselves around the musical parts of the brain tickling as they go. Brown Eyes And All The Rest starts off a more delicate affair but still builds up to a brilliant crescendo. Third track 3 Seasons is just wonderful! So rich! Quite simply and for brevity, the collection of 5 songs is stunning! You just won’t be able to get enough of such goodness. More please guys. https://www.facebook.com/CarnivalYouth
Do not miss Carnival Youth if you can get to any of these shows either. Rather gutted that I cannot and will miss out big time.
Sun 20 July – Guilfest, Guildford
Mon 21 July – Lock Tavern, London (EP launch)
Tue 22 July – Purple Turtle, Reading
Wed 23 July – The Garage, London (w/ The Escapists + The Half Earth)