Attention all daydreamers: Youth Lagoon is the new lo-fi kid on the block, and he’s about to take it by storm. As the season turns and the temperature drops, The Year of Hibernation is the perfect album to keep summer’s memory (whether it be good or bad) alive.
Youth Lagoon is Trevor Powers, a 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist out of Boise, Idaho. For the past year, he’s been carrying the weight of school, work, love and heartbreak. His eight-track release is a journal of sorts that glimpses into how that feels.
The complexity of Powers’ music shows there’s a lot on his mind. Each song takes on layers of sounds that swell, blend and mirror his lyrical sentiment. Every chord and dynamic he uses is crucial, resulting in melodies that are catchy, hazy and achy all at once. The album’s progression is seamless and natural.
Dive Verdict: 4 of 5 stars
The Year of Hibernation is masterfully organic for a debut, but Powers is ultimately just a young guy with a bedroom recording project who doesn’t need or want any grander image.