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A Year of Hibernation by Youth Lagoon

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Reviewed on 7th October 2011.


A Year of Hibernation

By Youth Lagoon

With a debut truly like no other only one question can remain, where has Trevor Powers been hiding? At only 22 years of age the youngster created his own buzz through uploading his track 'July' onto his Bandcamp page and following was then signed to Fat Possum/Lefse (Europe).

An eerie, multi-instrumental record drenched in naivety but indicating huge things still to come in the future. A personal highlight 'Cannons' uses echoing and somewhat haunting vocals to describe a life of awkward moments and filled with anxiety.

'Day Dream' brings something entirely new to the album and is definitely a track to look out for. The variety of instruments is to some extent unusual but works to perfection. A lo-fi vibe simmers throughout and is without doubt the ethos for this debut. This being just one of many tracks which will have you toe tapping and wanting more from Youth Lagoon instantly. 'Montana' gives off a sense of angst and with a bellowing piano the simplicity cannot be faulted.

All round, the album holds great promise and is a very refreshing sound. With a very live feel, it leaves an element representing the writing process as if created behind closed doors in a bedroom ready to be played to a live audience. There are some real goose bump moments throughout the album.

It is a very honest debut and promises great things from Trevor Powers. With twinkling riffs and a thumping bass it is jam packed with highlights and definitely a big time winner. I am most definitely excited for what is left still to come from Youth Lagoon and after just one listen this will have you hooked! A truly distinctive debut.



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