Youth Lagoon (stage name for Idaho musician Trevor Powers) has been an apparent secret in the independent lofi circle. His debut album “The Year of Hibernation” was recommended to me by a Silver Platters employee that has, for the most part, sworn off music post 1978, calling it “shite.” Questioning the selection from this particular employee “Really, this… from you…? Are you sure?” After he reassured me of his recommendation I purchased the album. The album was heavy in lofi tendencies and reminded me somewhat of Daniel Johnston. The second album, “Wondrous Bughouse” delved more into my area of psych. I became a believer.
Then something happened. I had a change of plans, sold more than a third of my record collection and swore I would not buy or replace a record unless I loved it. I’ve really stuck to this moto for the last year and it’s working well for me. Though, I have missed out on many limited edition pressings and whatnot, I am more pleased with my music collection. One of my selected purchases happens to be the new Youth Lagoon record “Savage Hills Ballroom”.
The “Savage Hills Ballroom” record is really a swan song of an artist. All the heavy dirges in psych are still there. Production is marked up. Sometimes the guitar reminds me of Death Cab For Cutie. Songwriting is not cheesy like many over produced artists. The songs are well written and lead you in with their leaps and valleys. You can tell by this album that Youth Lagoon is heading places. Who knows where to? Maybe he will cease to be after this point.
You really owe it to yourself to discover this band and this is the record to do it with. I could safely recommend this album to my father and feel good about it. There really is something for everyone on this record. This really simply is an artist masterpiece. BUY THIS RECORD!