The debut EP by early-20-something Trevor Powers was a blithely complicated affair; it stretched whistled chirps (“Afternoon”) and distorted staccato synth (“Daydream”) from lo-fi pleasantries into dense, full-bodied opuses. His patience proved truly remarkable as he honed in on tinny individual instruments, letting them crescendo graciously through slight, natural momentum. His immediately memorable, electro-tinged guitar leads suggest the pop ear of Modest Mouse or Xiu Xiu, and the featherweight vocals evoked skylines and road trips like a burgeoning Simon & Garfunkel, but Year of Hibernation felt far too personal to have been written by committee; it was a sharp, stunning glimpse into one young artist’s soul.
By Ryan Reed on 03.05.13 in Reviews
If The Year of Hiberation, Trevor Powers's debut album under the name Youth Lagoon, felt like riding a slow-moving, psychedelic county-fair carousel, then his sophomore effort, Wondrous Bughouse, is like being strapped i...
By Marc Hogan on 03.04.13 in Interviews
"It's easy to just find beauty," Trevor Powers says of his Boise, Idaho, hometown. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist might almost be talking about the two albums he has recorded under the name Youth Lagoon...
By Brian Raftery on 12.10.12 in Interviews
[Although he had already released two full-lengths as Cloud Nothings, neither of them offered even the slightest hint of the full-bore raging-guitar panic attack that Dylan Baldi would unleash on Attack on Memory. Record...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 07.09.12 in Lists
Since it began in 2006, Pitchfork Music Festival has been one of the most consistently forward-looking festivals of the summer season. Where other fests follow a time-tested pattern of Popular Headliner plus thousands of...