Creative Review New Music
Latvian trio Carnival Youth are back with their new single, ‘Love Is the Answer’ it was released on 16th March via their own label distributed by The Orchard.
The new cut is the follow up to a series of internationally acclaimed releases, which gained the band the title of Latvia’s biggest musical export. Part of a new generation of bands coming out from the Baltic, Carnival Youth became the first Latvian act to win The European Border Breakers Award (EBBA) and EBBA ‘Public Choice Award’ at Eurosonic in 2016.
Debut EP ‘Never Have Enough’ opened the doors to the European Festivals circuit, as well as gaining the band a steady radio support across Europe and the UK, including backing from Amazing Radio and 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq. Three years later and over two million Spotify plays, their first debut album ‘No Clouds Allowed’ ended up being rewarded as Best Debut Album of The Year in Latvia, earning them support from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, John Kennedy on Xposure, and Jim Gellatly on Amazing Radio. Whilst sophomore album ‘Propeller’, prompted Noisey to realize that “there’s some pretty fucking cool music coming out of the Baltics these days”.
‘Love Is the Answer’ is the demonstration of Carnival Youth’s serious song craft, where the band’s different influences are streamlined into the perfect song formula. Blending gloriously hazy vocals with Tame Impala-esque jangle guitars, the combination between melodic, experimental and catchy becomes undeniable when a choir of trumpets break into the chorus.
The compelling visuals accompanying the single, shot in the Latvian seaside city of Liepaja, transport the band back in time to the 20th century. Using a video-montage technique, the band, their friends and relatives appear in old photos and postcards from the final century of the 2nd millennium. As the song progresses to its climax point, the city around them becomes more and more lively and three dimensional.
Having notched up memorable live performances at legendary Reeperbahn, Eurosonic, The Great Escape and SXSW Festivals, the band will bring their dynamic live performance back to the UK to headlined The Islington in London on 30th April and will play Are You Listening? Festival in Reading on 28th April, alongside Field Music, Idles, BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart.
‘Love Is the Answer’ is Carnival Youth’s most compelling single so far – the first taste of the bands newly developed sound. Perfecting their craft with each new release, they are consistently creating music that will set them as one of the standout acts for 2018.