Youth Lagoon, The Year of Hibernation

Stacey Anderson

By Stacey Anderson

on 12.21.11 in Reviews
A sharp, stunning glimpse into one young artist’s soul

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.