New Music Monday: Youth Lagoon

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Bliss out to the atmospheric indie-folk of Youth Lagoon in today's New Music Monday! Youth Lagoon is music that makes you feel like you're a ghost. The stage name of Boise, ID native Trevor Powers, Youth Lagoon's debut album The Year of Hibernation quickly charmed audiences with its mix of Americana and atmospheric electronica when it was released last year. THe album has a certain folksy melancholy to it — which makes perfect sense, as SXSW explained eloquently in their write-up of 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 doesn't make sense. So he wrote an album about it entitled The Year of Hibernation. "For my whole life I've 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 I'm 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 don't think I could ever write a completely happy album. It's not that I'm not a happy person," claims Powers, "but I just have too many things in my mind that haunt me."
Check out videos of the tracks "July," "Montana," and "Cannons." If you find yourself entranced by Trevor Powers' sound, think about picking up tickets for Youth Lagoon's long-awaited Portland show on July 22 at the Wonder Ballroom.