Youth Lagoon Is Anything But 'Mute' on Latest Wonderful 'Wondrous Bughouse' Glimpse

Boise, Idaho's indie-rock wunderkind returns on March 5

Youth Lagoon's Trevor Powers
Youth Lagoon's Trevor Powers
Marc Hogan WRITTEN BY
Marc Hogan

Trevor Powers has turned outward by turning further inward. "Dropla," the first advance track from Youth Lagoon's sophomore LP Wondrous Bughouse, already suggested the March 5 Fat Possum release would achieve transcendence not by watering down the excellent debut's idiosyncrasies, but by burrowing deeper within them. Now latest preview "Mute" outstandingly confirms Powers has managed to intensify the expressive intimacy of 2011's The Year of Hibernation by more fully capturing the expansive sounds rattling around in his imagination; his vision has grown to match the tools at his disposal. Though "Mute" is only two seconds longer than "Dropla," the six-minute track certainly feels grander-scale. Powers' first whispery, echoey words are "living in a 3D world," and the shimmery, buzzing psych-pop backing indicates his interior world is 3D, too. It's going to take more listens to puzzle out all the lyrics, which involve devils and corpses, but as with the similarly digestion-requiring new My Bloody Valentine album, the feeling hits the first time through. Hibernation? More like metamorphosis.

 

Youth Lagoon tour dates:
February 25 - Spokane, WA @ A Club
February 26 - Missoula, MT @ Badlander
February 27 - Bozeman, MT @ Filling Station
February 28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
March 1 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
March 6 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
March 13-March 16 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 22 - Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
April 12 - Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 19 - Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
April 22 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
April 24 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
April 25 - Dallas, TX @ The Loft
April 26 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
April 27 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
April 28 - Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
April 30 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
May 1 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
May 2 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
May 3 - Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
May 4 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
May 7 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl St.
May 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
May 11 - Columbia, MD @ Sweet Life Festival
May 13 - Toronto, ON @ Great Hall
May 14 - Columbus, OH @ A&R Bar
May 15 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 16 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
May 17 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
May 22 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
May 23 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue
May 24 - Gorge, WA Sasquatch! Fest
June 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *

* = w/ The National

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