Thursday, April 12, 2012

Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation

Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation

Youth Lagoon is the alias of 22 year old American Trevor Powers. His debut release The Year of Hibernation is his way of dealing with the anxiety that would otherwise overpower him. It’s music as therapy. Power’s fear has created wonderful collect of songs that belie his tender age. Full of razor sharp tunes, clever arrangements and sparkling music box riffs. Imagine Bon Iver meeting early New Order for a drunken jam.

Posters is all brittle machine rhythms, fragile melodies and vocals that seem to fade in sunlight. July distils 20 odd years of Indie rock into a glorious swirling lament of chiming guitars and shoring synth strings. It builds from its whispered opening to a chorus that’s the size of Alaska. Daydream has a twitching 80’s bassline and programmed beats that are smile educing. The lo-fi production adds a layer of naivety to the songs that only increases their callow charm. Can’t way to hear what he produces next. Recommended.

First Published in Electric Ghost Magazine

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