Atmospheric and distorted, Youth Lagoon’s debut, The Year of Hibernation, combines echoed vocals with the sounds of  high-pitched guitars and lightly tapped piano, creating an ambitious album tapping emotions at both ends of the spectrum.  At 22-years-old, Trevor Powers wrote this trippy, reverb-laden album alone in his bedroom and the isolation is rampant throughout this impressive first album.

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Trevor does not confine himself by forcing his lyrics to rhyme.  He writes down his emotions and you can envision him sitting in a dark room as the lyrics just fall down around him.  The words are symbolic of a man battling with himself.  The distorted sounds add that layer of confusion and uncertainty that most people go through at some point in their life.

Song Breakdown:

Montana sounds like a lullaby sung in a cave. The final act of the song picks up tempo and focuses more on percussion, subtly creating the possibility of triumph over the pain of emptiness.

I used to be outspoken/Doin’ anything for someone’s attention/And when that changed I guess you thought/That I was no longer mePosters, the title track to the album, begins slow, ethereal, lyrically soul-searching and about 2:20 in, a catchy guitar takes over the track and displays the talent and pop-consciousness of its youthful creator.

When & Where:

This is a nighttime album and should be heard when you need to shut the world down or if for some reason completely unknown to me, you find yourself alone in a field looking up into a star-drenched sky.  But if the latter is the case, I think you might have bigger things to worry about than which album is perfect for the moment.



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