Youth Lagoon isn’t some backwoods fishin’ hole the local kids go for a dip on sweaty sunny days, it’s the bedroom pop project of one Trevor Powers, Boise native extraordinaire and perhaps the next big thing, at least until another next big thing comes along. At the very least, the guy’s Pitchfork approved (for now…), so he must be legit right? He only has a few songs officially available, all of which are pretty dang good. The Year of Hibernation, his forthcoming debut album, doesn’t currently have a release date, but if you’ve been a faithful reader of the blog, you’ll know how to get your hands on it, which I fully recommend you do!
The most striking thing about Powers is his fragile, reverb soaked vocals, which at times can be reminiscent of both Neil Young and Herbert from Family Guy. His songs can get a bit same-y when it comes to instrumentation; they begin with a little soft keyboard noodling which gradually builds to include some clean guitar riffage and drum machine beats. It’s prolly a good thing then that the album only contains eight tracks, because I could see his schhhhhtick getting old quickly. But for now, I’m having a good time listening. Don’t believe me? Take a listen for yourself:
Wasn’t that effin good?!? There’s seven more songs just like it waiting for you! Don’t believe me? Here’s another hot track: