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March 5, 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Label: Fat Possum Records
  • Copyright: 2013 Fat Possum Records
  • Total Length: 50:46
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  • ASIN: B00BMVDDGE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,497 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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The melodies are fantastic.
B. Jensen
If you were a huge fan of Youth Lagoon's 2011 debut "Year of Hibernation," there is potential you may be initially offput by this album.
A. Clary
Wondrous Bughouse is uplifting, melancholy, strange, and wonderful.
J. Hubner

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Hubner on March 5, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Wondrous Bughouse is an album that from beginning to end fills you with joy. It comes over you in waves of awestruck and wide-eyed wonderment. Trevor Powers looks to the skies and questions whom or whatever may or may not be looking down on us. Where The Year of Hibernation was a quiet entry into a bedside journal at 2 am, Wondrous Bughouse is a technicolor daydream. It's a primal scream directly at the universe -which at it's core- is as univeral as it gets. Trevor Powers has given us what is bound to be one of best albums of the year. A kaleidoscope of sound and emotions, a Kool Aid acid test where no chemicals are required. Just open ears and an open mind.

`Through Mind and Back' is a carnival mirror. It's a distorted version of melody and harmony. You get the feeling the quiet, lo fi bedroom sound of The Year of Hibernation may have followed Powers to album number two, that is until `Mute' comes pouring from the speakers like the scene in The Wizard of Oz where we go from black and white to bright color. The sound is big, full, and immediate. Ben H. Allen's influence in the production and sound creating is evident. The twisty, wavering keys and chorused guitars shimmer in the air. This intense shift in the sonics for Youth Lagoon may be quite jarring for those that hold TYoH in such high regard. All I can say to them is stick with this record. Trevor Powers hasn't lost any of his intimacy as a songwriter. His paintings are as personal as ever; he's merely gotten a much bigger canvas and a more diverse palette of colors to choose from now. `Attic Doctor' is a bizarre carnival ride. A calliope run on nitrous oxide. It's sinister, sweet, and ethereal all at once.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Clary on March 5, 2013
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Let me just get this out of the way quickly. If you were a huge fan of Youth Lagoon's 2011 debut "Year of Hibernation," there is potential you may be initially offput by this album. While YOH was a soft, tender album that was fairly straight forward musically, Wonderous Bughouse is an expansive, full, and arguably sometimes plodding album chock full of unfamiliar sounds that take a while to get used to. While there are certainly pop moments spread out in various spots, I would hesitate to use the word immediate in describing any song here.

That being said, if you are willing to erase the fond memories of YOH and take in this album for what it is, you will find a beautiful, cinematic, highly polished work of a maturing songwriter who is coming into his craft. I feel like I am watching a movie when I crank this up in my headphones. There are often long periods where the voice of Trevor Powers is nowhere to be found and all that is present is a swirling daze of key-shifting electronic effects and can be confusing to the ears if you don't just let go and allow yourself to get lost in its glory.

Fans of Animal Collective may find that their sound has crept its way a bit into Powers music. Perhaps this is due to the production of Ben Allen, who I must say did a gorgeous job on this album. When I first played this I had no idea who produced it, but I said to myself "sounds like Ben Allen" and sure enough that was the case. His polish and addition of a clean low end to the sonic spectrum is a welcome addition.

Is this album perfect? Not even close. Is it a modern classic? Tough to say, only time will tell. It is most certainly a huge evolution for Powers, but whether you think that evolution is a good one will come down to personal taste. And personally, I think it is brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Quaker on April 9, 2013
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2nd album from Boise, Idaho's Trevor Powers--wide-scope, expansive indie pop that uses
electronic instrumentation to add layers of alien psychedelic warmth to the sweeping, epic
invitation of melody. The songs are awash in the beauty of hypnagogic, textured pixie-dust
magic. Sleepy, buried, otherworldly vocals float by on wispy, hallucinogenic cotton clouds in a
viscous atmosphere. The music coalesces into an embracing, hazy wonder; like fluctuating,
evolutionary smoke-dreams of wavering, trippy refrains wrapped in a beckoning cocoon that
radiates a gorgeous, glowing aura. Recalls bands like the Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Pink
Floyd, the Beatles, Exitmusic, Beach House, Broken Social Scene, Tame Impala. "Wondrous
Bughouse" encapsulates all the comfort and charm of you first real kiss: a glorious, rewarding
venture into the unknown. Expect this one to grow on you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scuba Steve on April 15, 2013
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The first track off that I heard off 'Wondrous Bughouse' was 'Mute' and I immediately fell in love and kept it and 'Dropla' on repeat till I could get a hold of the entire album. It took a little longer to get into the rest of the tracks as they aren't as immediately catchy. Not that there are any particularly weak tracks, it just took a few more listens to appreciate them.
The music itself kind of reminds me of what you would hear at a creepy carnival. It is trippy and weirdly psychadelic in a discordant sort of way (which now that I write it sounds stupid, but once you hear the album you will understand). The tracks form a cohesive unit, none sounding out of place and when I listen I don't find myself skipping any.
It's completely different to Youth Lagoon's last album and from reading the other reviews it is pretty divisive with many older fans not liking the change in sound from 'Year In Hibernation.' However, in my mind its a massive step in the right direction. Can't wait to see what they come up with next.
Top tracks: Mute, Pelican Man, Raspberry Cane
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