Artist of the Week – Youth Lagoon: Boise Multi-Instrumentalist, Songwriter and Vocalist Trevor Powers Signs to Fat Possum
“July” is a fresh track from Youth Lagoon, the Boise-based bedroom pop/one man band project of multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist Trevor Powers. The new track is featured on a two-song 10″ , The Year of Hiberation, featured on Powers’ Bandcamp page via. “July” was released earlier this week, and appropriately so, considering the relevance of the song title. The B-side of the single, “Cannons,” is also included in today’s Band of the Week feature.
“July” – Youth Lagoon from The Year of Hiberation – Sept. 27th
Literally, as we were preparing this post, we received an email from Powers’ publicist announcing that the 22-year-old artist had officially signed on with indie label Fat Possum , which will release Youth Lagoon’s debut album, The Year of Hiberation, on September 27th.
Powers has been garnering a healthy share of blogger buzz during the past year, accompanied by nearly non-stop touring. The young Idahoian’s songs are dreamy, emotive, melancholy, lo-fi, raw with impressive songwriting that make his music more than just another talented kid in his bedroom composing songs with a few pieces of gear and a MacBook. Youth Lagoon reminds us of another one-man lo-fi band who we profiled in the past – Perfume Genius.
Powers recently said that songwriting was the only way that he could express certain emotions and deal with a persistent anxiety. “For my whole life I’ve dealt with extreme anxiety – not anxiety about passing a test or somewhat normal things, but weird, bizarre things. Things that only I know.”
“Cannons” – Youth Lagoon from The Year of Hiberation – Sept. 27th
“I sometimes feel like I’m literally being eaten up inside. So I started writing these songs. Not just songs about my anxiety, but about my past and my present. Songs about memories, and all those feelings that those bring. I know that if I can be honest about what is inside my mind, there will be others that will be able to relate to it.”
We also just got another advance track today titled “Montana,” from the upcoming debut LP. Right now we only have a SoundCloud version.