Monday, 20 October 2014

'Carnival Youth' Single Review 'Octopus'

Latvian teenagers Carnival Youth release their single 'Octopus' on October 27th. The band return to the UK to support new single Octopus with appearances at Club NME, at Koko and new Vice owned venue The Stillery, following the recent release of their debut EP ‘Never Have Enough’. The EP gathered has gathered attention from the likes of Steve Lamacq on BBC6, John Kennedy on XFM, and Jim Gellatly on Amazing Radio, as well as Artrocker & Drowned in Sound, and generated 170,000 You Tube views to date for the lead track. The band are a fusion of folk music with an alternative indie-pop edge; drawing comparisons to the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club. Carnival Youth have already performed around Europe this year at leading international showcases and major festivals including The Great Escape, Reeperbahn, Waves Vienna, Sziget, Positivus, & Open’er Festival.

So the single itself is fantastically light and quickly digestible to the listener. The song sounds as if it would suit the next Center Parks/Butlins/Haven TV Advert (Not in a bad way) due to it's big sounding features and beautiful groove. Octopus is a well constructed track with fantasticly earthy lyrics and a build up in addition of instruments to create a bigger sounding song verse by verse. Overall Octopus is hugely likeable and a great choice for a single to help propel the band further. Check the track out on the band's soundcloud -

Carnival Youth are performing the following UK dates:

Fri 24 Oct – The Stillery, Camden, London (earlier show)
Fri 24 Oct – Club NME @ Koko, Camden, London (later show) supporting Becky Hill (DJ set)

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