For the past couple weeks I’ve been listening pretty much non-stop to the new record from Youth Lagoon, a fantastic album called Year of Hibernation. Youth Lagoon is the moniker of 22 year old Trevor Powers, an up-and-coming talent who I’ve been seeing all over the place recently. I first heard about him from my friend Jon, and so I started to listen to the album over on Rdio. I’d have to say it’s now one of my favorite albums of the year.
His sound reminds me of Dr. Dog, but much more melancholy. He incorporates a lot of organs and pianos, a bit of guitar and drums, and rounds it all out with his fuzzed out vocals. When he sings he sort of drifts in an out of the instruments, which is what makes the album so haunting and beautiful. I think I rely upon the work “haunting” too much when I write reviews like this, but there’s a quality to his music which I don’t hear often, and when I do, I listen to it pretty endlessly.