This isn’t supposed to read like some smart-ass ‘huh huh huh told yurr so!’ post, but it just so happens that we were one of the first sites to cover the music of Trevor Powers. We fell hard for his Youth Lagoon guise when there were just two demo’s up on his Soundcloud page; I tell you this not for the aforementioned reason but because it goes a little way to showing just how far his artistry has come since. We didn’t cover his music back then so we could one day brag about being there first, we did so because it hit us like a sledgehammer. The subtle, thread-bare progression found on July and Cannons left us utterly spellbound, more so than any other debut offerings in GFP‘s lifetime. When something has that kind of effect on you however, you put your faith in it, and the artist behind it. It becomes something completely personal to you. It’s one of the magical things about music; the way in which we relate these little trinkets to our own lives and turn them in to our possessions. We grow with them, we believe in them and they really do become a part of the story.
After hearing those two demo’s I, somewhat selfishly, truly believed that Youth Lagoon would one day floor me all over again. In my own defence, it’s pretty obvious that it’s simply human nature to want and expect more from something that brings you so much joy. Which brings me to Mute. It’s the second track to be released from YL’s follow-up to 2011’s The Year Of Hibernation – which for all its early promise, didn’t quite live up to my (ridiculously inflated) expectations – and is the sound of that faith being justified.
And oh what a sound.
Mute is six-minutes of breathtaking visions. Gone are the subtle, barely-there progressions. Replaced instead by vivid and colourful displays of sights and sounds, both completely familiar and utterly alien. It sounds like nothing else but it sounds like everything; the twisted dreams of youth, once compromised by the sadness and the madness of the real world, now replaced with the magic that seeps through the cracks and convinces us that the landscapes and the situations we create within ourselves can always be realised if we just believe in it enough.
Wondrous Bughouse is released in the UK on March 4th.
Related; Interview // Youth Lagoon (Juy 2011)