The Artist/Album: Youth Lagoon, The Year of Hibernation (Fat Possum, 2011)
The Reason(s) We Can’t Stop Listening: Trevor Powers sounds like he’s teetering on the brink of a nervous breakdown throughout Youth Lagoon’s debut LP, but he’s not being melodramatic for the sake of his spare, spooky songs. Dude’s obviously dealing with some serious issues, channeling his crippling anxiety and deeply personal confessionals into one of the year’s most focused full-lengths. And by that, we mean how each song seems to build to the same cacophonous crescendo, a familiar refrain that manages to reduce us to rubble every…single…time. If you listen to this one with headphones on and don’t tear up a little, you obviously don’t have a soul.
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