EP Review: Huw Eddy and The Carnival's 'Malfourished'
Upbeat, indie folk lads Huw Eddy and The Carnival are releasing their debut EP on October the 26th. The Leeds band have spent their 2018 so far touring and promoting 'Malfourished' all over Europe and the UK, generating plenty of support and love along the way!
Delving into life after mandatory education, and the struggles of growing up, the band take an upbeat approach to their songs on this release intending to make everybody dance despite the heavy themes.
Usually I would expect fast-paced punk rage from such an EP, but from Huw Eddy and The Carnival we get quite the contrary. This EP is a delightful, heartening addition to the band's discography, expressing not rage and anger, but determination and perseverance.
'Holy Road', the first track on the EP, glides in with a calming piano riff and an acoustic guitar accompanying the vocalist's rough, musky voice.
A sweet sense of safety and nostalgia, enforces the youthfulness of this EP and the song then progresses with more instruments and depth.
I can feel myself being submerged in the sweet-nostalgic sense of the song. It makes me want to be a kid again, and not want to grow up, which is very smart musicianship.
“Welcome to getting older, welcome to life after the sun”... “It's taken five long years to break me”... “and I'll never recover”...
Under You' seems to be the most explicit song on the EP, with also the most cheerful rhythm and instrumentals. This is undoubtedly my favourite song on the EP, verve and vigour are projected through the classic, fast-folk strumming of the acoustic guitar, utilising the chords and reminding me of Mumford and Sons.
All of the songs on this EP appear quite similar to one another other musically, I'd love to have heard a lot more diversity and experimentation with different instruments and patterns to liven up the song structures...something to fatten up the songs.
That being said 'Malfourished' is by no means a bad EP and constantly kept me on my toes with each song being continually rosy.
'Gin Lips', 'Old Fashioned Ways' combine the novelty of drinking and alcohol into lyrics, making the tracks quite jolly and rural. The happiness is very genuine in these tracks, and pursues the idea of just having a good laugh when you're young, and the freedom (you think) that you have. Very optimistic.
'Big Blue Coat' is the most matured and self-aware track on the EP, shying away from the more slightly upbeat tones common in all of the other tracks, instead it seems to take a look into the mental-health side of struggling as a young adult.
A mellow guitar riff introduces the cool-toned and breezy song, as the singer complains of drinking habits and being “suffocated in mistakes”, topics that are fairly relatable for most of us!
This is probably the most delicate track on the EP, shining a whole lot of meaning and emotion into the mix.
'Malfourished' is a stripped-back view of youth and raging, cleverly manoeuvred into 5 separate songs. An impressive debut EP from Huw Eddy and I hope to be hearing a lot more of their positive spirit from them in the future.