Surrounded by nothing but the nothing surrounded by us, but it’s just me in my room, with my eyes shut, oh when I was seventeen, my mother said to me: don’t stop imagining, the day that you do is the day that you die.
Ask me why I blog and I don’t know. Part of me thinks it’s clinging to something, part of me thinks it’s my form of letting go, part of me thinks it’s because I don’t know how to let go, part of me finds it as an outlet, part of me thinks it’s a chore.
Yet I keep coming back. It’s my gateway to a whole world teeming with music. And in some ways, music symbolizes idealism that isn’t tempered by anything or anyone, and I’m going to cling to that more than Charles Heston did to any gun.
Cannons by Youth Lagoon
I’m not going to pretend that I knew of Youth Lagoon before last week. I’m also not going to pretend this isn’t one of my favorite albums of 2011. It’s up there with Bon Iver and M83 for me. It takes me somewhere, somewhere where my imagination can run aflutter and without regard for the world outside. I don’t care whether it’s a daydream or a vision of things to come, it’s the soundtrack that unlocks the gates to this magical place of bliss, where solitude makes no difference and I see everything bathed in an optimistic light. When people talk about spiritual experiences, this is it for me.
July by Youth Lagoon
For those that don’t know, Youth Lagoon is the alias of Trevor Powers and his dreampop. Over the past year, he has rocketed from unknown English Lit major at Boise State to indie darling. And if I can add my subjectivity, rightfully so. His debut The Year of Hibernation delivers on all the promise of the three singles he released (which are featured at his Soundcloud and without the ability to pick one, all of them are here as well). Stylistically, his music definitely appeals to me (if certain declarations didn’t foreshadow that already), but it’s his lyrics, his stories that take a great album into the transcendent category. They form the backbone of potent soundscape, dreamscape, or whatever you want to call that place in your mind. I quoted lyrics from Seventeen at the onset as an example, but Trevor draws on his experiences, from personal stories and conversations for his debut. The personal aspect adds exponentially to the already accessible pop that supports it. Where it leaves you is up to you. For me, it’s a special place, which I want to share with you. Come join me in enjoying one of the best albums of the year.
You can like on Youth Lagoon on Facebook. The Year of Hibernation will be out September 27 via Fat Possum. In the meantime, you can stream the eight tracks off of the album at Spin. If you trust me at all, you will.
Montana by Youth Lagoon