India has a long and distinguished record of improving British musicians, and Carnivals is the latest to benefit. Stewart took a voyage around the Indian Ocean last summer, and his latest offering - the Humility EP - draws on the experiences that gave him: in his own words, “Endless days … the limitless sky and the relentless ocean.” Let me be the first to say that I wish I’d been there.
The EP is released on the 7th of August; in the meantime, we have a first taste in the form of “Departners”. What exactly the cryptic title is referring to I couldn’t tell you, but it follows on nicely from his sublime previous single, “Absences”. It draws on the same palette of chopped, warped vocals and hazy guitar textures, but where “Absences” was content to remain subdued from start to finish, the percussion in “Departners” is more forward. The whole track feels more confident, and I’m excited to hear where the rest of the EP heads.
It’s testament to this that Carnivals has just received the tip as a Guardian “New Band of the Day”, and he’s definitely one to keep an eye on in coming months. You can stream and - in theory - download “Departners” below. I say in theory because as I write the Soundcloud downloads have maxed out, so you’ll just have to watch and wait for the moment. Still, at least the music on hold is way better than the usual.