Youth Lagoon‘s first album, The Year of Hibernation was incredible because you could listen to (and love) the whole album without being able to recite any of Trevor Powers’ hushed lyrics, masked by the beautiful melodies and soothing vocals. But when you dove deeper into the album, it became incredibly personal and relatable to each person differently based on your own experience and how you perceive his descriptions of his mental states. His second album, Wondrous Bughouse, is slated for release on March 5th and the first single really shows the progression in the two years since his debut album.
As with many of his songs, the song starts off basic enough, but it doesn’t take a full minute before more instruments are layered on top of each other than were on his entire first album. Then, in the second half, we finally get to see the other side of Trevor, as the restrained vocals and minimalism are put away in exchange for a sense of freeness seen in punk music, taking his voice to the uppermost limits. The result is spectacular, and I can’t wait to see what other sides Trevor brings to the new Youth Lagoon album.