Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday's Music Musette [7]: Youth Lagoon

 "If music be the food of love, play on." - William Shakespeare
How about starting your week off with great music? This weekly feature, created by me, is a way to showcase my favorite music artists and bands. From new releases to kicking it old school. All music is represented here! Instead of posting songs, I'm showcasing entire albums that rock from the first track to the last. Below is my pick for album of the week. And yes, I still call them albums. That's what the cool cats say!

Today's recommendation is: The Year of Hibernation by Youth Lagoon. Released on September 27, 2011.

A blurp from Fat Possum Records:
Trevor Powers started making music under the moniker Youth Lagoon in 2010. At that time, he was studying English at the local university in Boise and began writing songs as a way to embody the world around him. Those songs are what makes up his debut album, The Year of Hibernation. "Youth Lagoon isn't me, but a part of me." says Powers. "I've been playing music since I was younger but always tried to define myself by what music I played. I tried to find a sense of meaning in it. But it wasn't until I realized I was more than just music, that I was able to create music that means something to me. And that is Youth Lagoon. I don't think I could ever write a completely happy album. It's not that I'm not a happy person," claims Powers, "but I just have too many things in my mind that haunt me."

The Year of Hibernation Playlist

1) Posters
2) Cannons
3) Afternoon
4) 17
5) July
6) Daydream
7) Montana
8) The Hunt
9) Bobby (Bonus Track)
10) Ghost to Me (Bonus Track)

Preview The Year of Hibernation on iTunes

Youth Lagoon showed up one day, and I honestly can't say I remember how. Maybe Pandora, maybe somewhere else. However, Youth Lagoon's sound instantly caught my attention, and made me pause what I was doing to listen. From the barely there vocals (sometimes not even decipherable) to the almost haunting uses of music, this sound instantly struck a chord with me.

This is music that means whatever we want it to mean. I may take in the lyrics differently from someone else; but, at the end of each song I feel like I've been somewhere. Whether it be a sad place, a fun place, or just a relaxed place, Youth Lagoon is an experience.

The Songs I Obsess Over:
  • Posters
  • Cannons
  • Daydream
  • Ghost to Me
Favorite song on The Year of Hibernation: Cannons.This is the song I first heard, and it immediately hooked me. I kept it on repeat for days!

    Here's a YouTube video of Youth Lagoon singing Cannons

    There you have it! I hope you give Youth Lagoon a listen and find a place in your music playlists for him. I love having this album on when working, reading, writing, etc. Remember: The Year of Hibernation!

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