Youth Lagoon is the stage name of Idaho’s Trevor Powers. Following 2011′s critically acclaimed The Year of Hibernation, the release of Wondrous Bughouse will only bring wider acclaim and awareness.
Starting like a horror movie soundtrack, the menacing, brutiful (beautiful/brutal – well if ‘Brangelina’ works…) ambience of Through Mind and Back, morphs into the lush and expansive Mute and it’s already obvious this is going to be a morbid but interesting album.
“…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.” says Powers.
And these are themes that dominate lyrically. But it is also an album of hope, where Powers’ command of melody and atmosphere will hold your hand on a journey through some sometimes scary musical landscapes and show you some beautiful sites along the way. Dropla being one of these – the refrain of “You’ll never die” could almost have you believing it. You will though (sorry!).
This is an intelligent piece of work. It’s like a really good ghost train; sometimes dark, sometimes exciting, sometimes beautiful, always worth it!