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The Year Of Hibernation

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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.'

1. Posters
2. Cannons
3. Afternoon
4. 17
5. July
6. Daydream
7. Montana
8. The Hunt

Product Details

  • Vinyl (October 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • ASIN: B005GXPSOO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,413 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 33 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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12 of 12 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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16 of 20 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Best Out West on April 19, 2013
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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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2 of 2 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 pokerman on May 9, 2014
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This music seems to come from a place ... so unexpected. It fits in no category or genre although it is close to chill wave or ... or what? I just don't know. The songs from Year of Hibernation will never go viral or make an enormous splash in pop culture, but these songs are not for those who follow trends anyway. As a whole the entire album is like a pleasant daydream with glimpses into the past. Two songs on the album, July and Daydream, are perfect examples of this blend of feelings. Lyrics for July sing "While five years ago I wept and no one knew" and Daydream is, well, a song about daydreams and thinking "happy thoughts."
Year of Hibernation is absolutely memorable. I sing along like a child. This music can be played ear splitting loud or quietly. You will find yourself drawn into this music in the same way that a black hole absorbs light. There is no escape from the perfectly timed guitar and synthesizer riffs. The listener will be swept over the event horizon into a place that is truly rare and magical. OK, no more Cosmos references, just listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Drake on April 2, 2014
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I took a gamble when purchasing this album since I knew very little about Youth Lagoon. And I was pleasantly surprised! I still don't know much about the band itself, but I definitely dig their beats! They use a lot of fun percussion that layer into the song giving it more depth. Initially I thought I'd be bored with the slower beats and melancholy singing, but after listening to it a few times through I have developed a finer appreciation for their simplistic sound. I definitely would suggest this album to anyone looking for some chill background music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hbar on December 22, 2011
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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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