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The Year of HibernationTwenty-two year old Trevor Powers, whose musical venture is called Youth Lagoon, has had a long year. Not because hes been endlessly touring or pursuing some wild dream, but because of life, the life of a kid going to college, being in love, dealing with heartache, and just living. Youth Lagoon isnt me. says Powers. Its merely a part of me. I was in and out of different bands in high school and always tried to define myself by what music I played. I tried to find a sense of meaning by being in a band. But it wasnt until this last year when I realized I was more than just music, that I was able to create music that means something to me. And that is Youth Lagoon.
Throughout the course of 2010, Powers began to write an album about things he had a hard time talking about. He claims that when he tries to talk about it to people, he doesnt make sense. So he wrote an album about it entitled The Year of Hibernation. For my whole life Ive dealt with extreme anxiety. says Powers. Not anxiety about passing a test or somewhat normal things, but weird, bizarre things. Things that only I know. I sometimes feel like Im literally being eaten up inside. So I started writing these songs. Not just songs about my anxiety, but about my past and my present. Songs about memories, and all those feelings that those bring. I know that if I can be honest about what is inside my mind, there will be others that will be able to relate to it.
Although his music seems somewhat dreamy with the first listen, the lyrics show a different side to the matter. Hidden beneath the melodies is a voice that is eerie yet nostalgic. Powers claims his music is like letting people read his journal. I dont think I could ever write a completely happy album. Its not that Im not a happy person, claims Powers, but I just have too many things in my mind that haunt me.1. Posters
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Wondrous BughouseWondrous Bughouse, Trevor Powers (Youth Lagoon)'s sophomore album, was spawned from what he describes as becoming more fascinated with the human psyche and where the spiritual meets the physical world. During the time he wrote, Powers became intrigued with the metaphysical universe and blending those ideas with pop music. Youth Lagoon is something so personal to me because writing music is how I sort my thoughts, as well as where I transfer my fears, explains Powers. My mental state is usually pretty sporadic...a lot of this record was influenced by a fear of mortality but embracing it at the same time. Realizing that human life is only great because it is temporary. Experimenting with ideas about dimensions. I'm not a gifted spear, so explaining things is difficult for me. But music always makes sense.1. Through Mind and Back
3. Attic Doctor
4. The Bath
5. Pelican Man
7. Sleep Paralysis
8. Third Dystopia
9. Raspberry Cane
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Love NowMean Lady is the duo of Katie Dill and Sam Nobles. They are from Delaware and they're both really nice. Really, really nice. For their new debut LP the duo have written a collection of songs about lust, innocence and vulnerability.
Pitchfork have premiered first single "Far Away," writing, "'Far Away' wouldn't feel out of place on the last Youth Lagoon record, an out-of-time waltz flanked by aqueous sound effects. It's a prelude to something far more vigorous, though, as squishy beats, sprightly piano plinks, and an approximation of a sitar server as the backdrop for Katie Dill's transcontinental love letter."
Through bubbly synths and rhythmic production, Dill and Nobles managed to cobble together a timeless, concise pop record. It's a finished product that could only exist when kids from Delaware grew up, trashed all their soul records and then got high some time after DJ Shadow started to suck but probably before J Dilla died.
Love Now is deep and rich. The sound is Sam's wonderfully abrupt sampling and skipping drum beats underneath the band's live instruments. All of this is anchored by Katie's songwriting and sharp, but sweet vocals. Take heed: this is an important debut for a young band.1. One Big Family
2. Far Away
3. Mother Earth
4. Bop Bop
5. Why'd'ya Haftabee Sucha?
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