For dreamers who pay attention

Youth Lagoon is the stage name of Trevor Powers, the Idaho-based multi-instrumental musician.

Sarah Rose de Villiers |

A musical journal of sun-blinded nostalgia and enchanted optimism, The Year of Hibernation is the dreamy work of Youth Lagoon, aka 22 year-old Trevor Powers of Idaho. The debut album showcases his irrefutable talent for crafting a musical dreamscape at the crossroads of lo-fi and chill wave.

“A door is always open if it isn’t closed and a plant is said to be dead if it doesn’t grow.” – Montana

Tucked up in his modest bedroom, struggling with extreme psychological dysphoria and awkward emotions, Powers started writing songs. “Not just songs about my anxiety, but about my past and my present. Songs about memories, about all those feelings that these bring. I know if I can be honest about what is in my mind, there will be others that will be able to relate to it,” said Powers.

The result: haunting melodies that bloom from soft murmurings and piano tinkering into echo-laden arrangements of distorted guitars, marching drums and a voice of quiet wonder. The gentle synth and delicate humming swell in a hallucinatory build up, shifting around the beat until exploding in an emotional catharsis.

All the while Power’s fragile voice calls as if trapped in an underwater music box. Doused in reverb and buried in distorted haze, his lyrics are so effortlessly beautiful it seems they have always existed to be whispered to winter sunbeams and fall through empty skies.

The album’s complex instrumentals, profound lyrics and reverb-drenched melodies transcend Powers’ modest bedroom studio and transport listeners to the ethereal dreamscape of childhood.

Produced by Fat Possum Records, the Oxford-based label that released The Black Keys’ album Thickness, Youth Lagoon sounds like Bon Iver with a synthesizer, Beach Fossils on a lazy Sunday and Rural Alberta Advantage sprinkled with reverb.

Tracks like ‘July’, ‘Cannons’ and ‘Afternoon’ are laced with musical interludes, crescendos of passion and infectious whistling melodies that promise to both captivate and delight. A starkly intimate album, Powers cried when recording the keys for ‘The Hunt’ and, with charming honesty, shares personal philosophies in ‘17’:

When I was 17 my mother said to me, ‘Don’t stop imagining, the day that you do is the day that you die.’

The Year of Hibernation’s 42:20 minutes of soft secrets and pulsing rhythms will undoubtedly hypnotise, reflect and transport dreamers alike.

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7 thoughts on “For dreamers who pay attention

  1. Pingback: Youth Lagoon: Call of the dreamers | Chronicles of an Earth Child

  2. aw yep really effing beautiful i love it

    trevor’s voice is a bit win butler / daniel johnston

    thnks for the heads-up sarahfairy! 😀 x

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