Latvian trio, Carnival Youth are back with a brand new double-sided single, Birthday and Phantom Planet, which is taken from the band’s new upcoming album. The band’s new album was recorded last summer in Red Bull Studios in Sao Paulo, Brazil and was produced by the band’s long-time collaborator Gatis Zakis and mixed by the Grammy winning producer Nicolas Verhnes, who has previously worked with the likes of Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors, Wild Nothing, The War on Drugs and several others. The mastering was done by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York (think The National, MGMT, Interpol and Arcade Fire).
Previously Carnival Youth won The European Border Breakers Award (EBBA) and EBBA Public Choice Award at Eurosonic. The singles are taken from the band’s anticipated new album. Emils described Birthday as “Feeling careless and celebratory, even too naive sometimes. It’s interesting how this one day each year makes us feel so special that we can forget about everything else and there are no more responsibilities. That day we feel like we can be the happiest, but, of course, it’s just a beautiful illusion”.
Watch the video below:
On Phantom Planet he commented: “It was one of the last songs that came together for the record. We felt that the verse had this darkish groovy hip-hop vibe, so the lyrics came up about the inner world, the one we always feel, but aren’t always in control of – and the way how it’s in contrast with the other world – the everyday normal side of us. A dialogue like one Dale Cooper’s character has in Twin Peaks. But it’s not a fight, it’s cohabitation.”
Watch Phantom Planet below:
Carnival Youth’s new double sided single Birthday and Phantom Planet will be out on 16th March. Carnival Youth are Edgars Kaupers, Emīls Kaupers, Roberts Vanags and Aleksis Luriņš.