Trevor Powers, better known as Youth Lagoon, has been cropping up with some understated, hazy dream-pop for the past couple years, culminating with debut album The Year of Hibernation, which was every bit as pastoral as the name implies. His music has always sounded, in all its bedroom coziness, like the work of one guy. Until now.
“Mute,” the first single from Wondrous Bughouse, due out March 5 from Fat Possum, is a booming, stately march at the outset. Powers’s guitar takes on the aspect of stained glass here—bright and beautifully colored but icy and fragile. It’s all very soothing until just a bit past the one-minute mark, when we’re treated to a My Bloody Valentine-style descent into a slurring, somehow catchy dissonance.
Powers has said that “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,” and “Mute” has those glorious contradictions in spades. Catch Youth Lagoon on this extensive upcoming tour, which ends at the Barclays Center with The National.
02/25 Spokane, WA – A Club
02/26 Missoula, MT – Badlander
02/27 Bozeman, MT – Filling Station
02/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
03/01 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
03/06 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
03/13 – 03/16 Austin, TX – SXSW
03/22 Boise, ID – Treefort Music Fest
04/12 Indio, CA – Coachella
04/19 Indio, CA – Coachella
04/21 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
04/25 Dallas, TX – The Loft
04/26 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
04/27 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
04/28 Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree
04/30 Orlando, FL – The Social
05/01 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
05/02 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
05/03 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
05/04 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
05/07 Northampton, MA – Pearl St.
05/10 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
05/11 Columbia, MD – Sweet Life Festival
05/13 Toronto, ON – Great Hall
05/14 Columbus, OH – A&R Bar
05/15 Chicago, IL – Metro
05/16 Madison, WI – Majestic Theater
05/17 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
05/22 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
05/23 Vancouver, BC – Venue
05/24 Gorge, WA Sasquatch! Fest
06/05 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
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