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Youth Lagoon is the stage name of American musician Trevor Powers. His debut album "The Year of Hibernation" explores themes such as psychological dysphoria and mental distress, and is based around minimalism and hypnotic ambience. The Year of Hibernation was released on Fat Possum Records in 2011. "I don't think I could ever write a completely happy album," said ... Read more in Amazon's Youth Lagoon Store

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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • ASIN: B005GXPSO4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,570 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Twenty-two year old Trevor Powers, whose musical venture is called Youth Lagoon, has had a long year. Not because he's been endlessly touring or pursuing some wild dream, but because of life the life of a kid going to college, being in love, dealing with heartache, and just living. 'Youth Lagoon isn't me.' says Powers. 'It's merely a part of me. I was in and out of different bands in high school and always tried to defi ne myself by what music I played. I tried to fi nd a sense of meaning by being in a band. But it wasn't until this last year when 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.'

Throughout the course of 2010, Powers began to write an album about things he had a hard time talking about. He claims that when he tries to talk about it to people, he doesn't make sense. So he wrote an album about it entitled The Year of Hibernation. 'For my whole life I've dealt with extreme anxiety.' says Powers. 'Not anxiety about passing a test or somewhat normal things, but weird.. bizarre things. Things that only I know. 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.'

Although his music seems somewhat dreamy with the first listen, the lyrics show a different side to the matter. Hidden beneath the melodies is a voice that is eerie yet nostalgic. Powers claims his music is like letting people read his journal. '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.'

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Listen to this album almost daily.
Benjamin Allen
Was great to find this album on here, after I first heard this band I soon knew I had to get the vinyl for it, he has some great hits, would highly recommend.
capt_barry
The melodies, the builds, the electronic percussion, and the profound cohesiveness of the record as a whole makes it unique.
I. Jackson

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By FilterTronic on September 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This album is just an amazing listening experience. This is one of the first few albums that has really connected with me emotionally, combining catchy melodies with melancholy lyrics soaked in reverb. Pretty much the entire album is made up of songs that gradually build. At first I was worried this would get old, but each song is so powerful and well done, it feels totally natural. I highly recommend the CD, cassette, or vinyl versions of this because they come with a download of the entire album plus the songs Bobby, which is my favorite Youth Lagoon song, and Ghost to Me, which is also pretty good. If you want to hear one of the most amazing indie albums of the last few years, you should check this out.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Quaker on October 5, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Boise, Idaho artist Trevor Powers' debut release of winsome, electronic-flavored indie pop with a
compellingly chilled psychedelic vibe and an emotional, slow-building approach that maintains a
solid grip on the melodic hook. The songs carry a subtle, bouncy, childlike buoyancy that perfect-
ly tempers the fragile, eerie, hauntingly confessional aura of sound. Like a mix of Postal Service,
Mercury Rev, Broken Social Scene, Deerhunter, Death Cab For Cutie, Sparklehorse.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By honestasabraham on October 1, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
1st star - The way it was recorded. Vocals in particular
2nd star - That voice
3rd star - The syncopation between the vocals and the music
4th star - Pacing of the album. It takes its time but soars higher than high when it wants to
5th star - Lyrically it is fed up but hopeful which matches the music to a t

Deserves every star
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Best Out West on April 19, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I worked with his mom who asked me to listen to the album. I thought "Ah, another proud parent" and gave it a listen. I was very surprised and ended up buying a copy. I listen to it quite a bit still, and still enjoy it just as much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony DeVoe on January 31, 2013
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This is one of the best albums in the last ten years, easily. Very unique sound, and it's raw nature is as emotionally bare as a person can be. It's honest, thought provoking and intense. Incredibly moving, and I consider Mr. Powers a blessing to the rest of us. I'm thankful that he chose to open his soul to us in the form of these ten musical tracks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hbar on December 22, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
A single disembodied voice, distorted, there but not there, leads us deeper and deeper into a world with increasingly complex sonic textures and sounds. The voice is close but we never quite catch up to it, are never quite able to see our guide through this mysterious landscape. We pursue our guide only to find sweeping vistas of crescendo and elation.

Each song opens a new world for our discovery. Repeated trips are rewarded by a greater appreciation for the richness and detail created by a single mind and a few electronic gadgets. Youth Lagoon offers an opportunity to leave our mundane world and spend a half-hour or so exploring his sonic landscape. Take him up on his offer. You will be happy that you made the trip.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Seth Mcarron on November 18, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is what I expect the 90's indie kids were anticipating the scene would sound like in 2011. Lots of reverb, frail vocal deliveries, chant-alongs, jangling chamber pop guitars and drum machines. On paper it doesn't much sound anything like the indie music scene of the 90's, but when you pop the thing on, you really feel a raw essence of indie rock presented in a new way. This dude has a fairly unique sound, but there are a few fundamental flaws on this album. As melodically driven as the record is, not many of the melodies stick to memory. The listener is often reminded of the overall atmosphere or sound of the record rather than the songs themselves. I like the overall sound and style of the record however I feel many if not all the tracks are far too underdeveloped to warrant repeated listening. However it is a debut, and I am eager to see what Youth Lagoon does next given the promising foundation set forth here.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kc/eat/eva on November 9, 2011
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
So this album is very good! You can read about that in other reviews I am gonna focus on the vinyl packaging.
The vinyl packaging come's with the mp3's, and a 7'inch bonus record the mp3 comes with 10 songs including the
ones on the 7'inch. I really like the packaging itself the vinyl record itself is not 180 gram,but you get the
mp3's of the whole album and the 7 inch. For the price that is better then most new bands that are putting their
albums out on vinyl.
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