Youth Lagoon Kicks It Up a Notch With ‘Mute’

Trevor Powers, better known as Youth Lagoon, has been cropping up with some understated, hazy dream-pop for the past couple years, culminating with debut album The Year of Hibernation, which was every bit as pastoral as the name implies. His music has always sounded, in all its bedroom coziness, like the work of one guy. Until now.

“Mute,” the first single from Wondrous Bughouse, due out March 5 from Fat Possum, is a booming, stately march at the outset. Powers’s guitar takes on the aspect of stained glass here—bright and beautifully colored but icy and fragile. It’s all very soothing until just a bit past the one-minute mark, when we’re treated to a My Bloody Valentine-style descent into a slurring, somehow catchy dissonance.

Powers has said that “a lot of this record was influenced by a fear of mortality but embracing it at the same time. Realizing that human life is only great because it is temporary,” and “Mute” has those glorious contradictions in spades. Catch Youth Lagoon on this extensive upcoming tour, which ends at the Barclays Center with The National.

02/25 Spokane, WA – A Club
02/26 Missoula, MT – Badlander

02/27 Bozeman, MT – Filling Station

02/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court

03/01 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge

03/06 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
03/13 – 03/16 Austin, TX – SXSW

03/22 Boise, ID – Treefort Music Fest

04/12 Indio, CA – Coachella

04/19 Indio, CA – Coachella
04/21 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

04/25 Dallas, TX – The Loft 

04/26 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s 

04/27 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks 

04/28 Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree 

04/30 Orlando, FL – The Social

05/01 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West 

05/02 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge 

05/03 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle 

05/04 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle 

05/07 Northampton, MA – Pearl St. 

05/10 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer 

05/11 Columbia, MD – Sweet Life Festival 

05/13 Toronto, ON – Great Hall 

05/14 Columbus, OH – A&R Bar 

05/15 Chicago, IL – Metro 

05/16 Madison, WI – Majestic Theater 

05/17 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line 

05/22 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom 

05/23 Vancouver, BC – Venue  
05/24 Gorge, WA Sasquatch! Fest

06/05 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center   

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