Tag Archive for 'Youth Lagoon'

March 2013

March 2013 from almostaghost on 8tracks Radio.

New music mix, my favorite mix to put together. Though I’m trying not to listen to as much new music as I used to, in order to live with the stuff I find a little better, instead of just listening and moving on to the next thing quickly. That said, I can usually still find 8-9 new songs in a month worth sharing… so I can still do this mix!

- almostaghost

Coachella 2013 Friday mix

Coachella 2013 Friday from almostaghost on 8tracks Radio.

I’m not going to Coachella this year–I went in 2010 and 2012, so seem to only be on an even year schedule. But I can still use the lineup to explore music! I may regret not going, after having gone through their Friday lineup. There are an almost extreme number of bands that I would be interested in/already love playing on Friday. Pretty epic! So this is a pretty long mix, and maybe it’s good–I don’t need the stress of trying to figure out how which of the 26 cool acts I like I’d have to skip out on.

- almostaghost

AlmostAGhost’s Best Albums Of 2011 – #18. Youth Lagoon – The Year Of Hibernation

Youth Lagoon - The Year Of Hibernation

the monsters in the room were dancing to the music around us

Youth Lagoon is a one-man project, by a 22-year-old from Boise, Idaho named Trevor Powers, who recorded The Year Of Hibernation, his debut album, in his room.* As is to be expected from a 22-year-old songwriter, the songs are sparse confrontations with himself. They are nostalgiac, as one tends to be at that age, and a little bit odd, full of worries and dreams.

Musically, Youth Lagoon’s songs all follow a similar pattern. The opening track, “Posters” provides a good template: a minimal/ambient intro leads to some distant echoed vocals, some bass gets added, then some drums, before a kick into a fuller more dynamic ending. The songs building in this way by accumulating moments give the album dynamics, as there are a lot of riffs and moments to eagerly await just around the corner.

This review sort of ended up short, a bunch of incoherent thoughts. Looking much closer at Powers’ words felt unnecessary. He’s hardly a Bob Dylan, and most of the words are semi-incomprehensible anyway. He sings of posters on walls (a youthful way of defining ones’ self), simple metaphors for worry (monsters and demons and snakes), and advice from his mother. It does build a mood, a pretty amazing one, but a turn of phrase isn’t his strongest skill.

Still, though, it feels to me like Youth Lagoon will get there. I find it remarkable that the sound of this album was created in a bedroom; it sounds full and complete, the only hint at its lo-fi nature is the occasional drum machine. In the end, some of these songs resonate, perhaps deeply, and that’s entirely a product of the consistent feel Powers established throughout. I really look forward to hearing where he goes from here; that promise is why it’s one of my top albums of the year.

*That’s all the facts I know about Youth Lagoon in one sentence.

Youth Lagoon “Posters”

Youth Lagoon “Cannons”

- almostaghost

September 2011 mix

My monthly mix of all new music from 2011 is up. This one ended up a kind of odd mix of songs, but I like it. Stephen Malkmus to Snoop Dogg and everything in between. 🙂

- almostaghost