Youth Lagoon

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Trevor Powers, whose stage name is Youth Lagoon, began writing his debut album The Year of Hibernation in 2010.  Based around the idea of psychological dysphoria, Powers tried to document the trails of his mind through songs of minimalism and hypnotic ambiance.  Powers later described his writing process as "my mind communicating with me, not the other way around...it can take me to scary places but I've realized those bizarre thoughts I have don't define me."  After signing with Mississippi-based label Fat Possum Records in 2011, he toured much of the following year before going back into solitude to write.

Wondrous Bughouse, Powers' sophomore album (due March 5 worldwide via Fat Possum), was spawned from what he describes as "becoming more fascinated with the human psyche and where the spiritual meets the physical world."  During the time he wrote, Powers became intrigued with the metaphysical universe and blending those ideas with pop music.

"Youth Lagoon is something so personal to me because writing music is how I sort my thoughts, as well as where I transfer my fears," explains Powers.

"My mental state is usually pretty sporadic...a lot of this record was influenced by a fear of mortality but embracing it at the same time.  Realizing that human life is only great because it is temporary.  Experimenting with ideas about dimensions.  I'm not a gifted speaker, so explaining things is difficult for me.  But music always makes sense."

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'The Space Project' Collection on Lefse Records

2014-01-22


Listen to "Worms" by Youth Lagoon above.

Last Thanksgiving, Matt Halverson, who runs the Portland-based label Lefse Records, was talking with his brother in law, Exogenesis President and Chief Scientist Sean Anklam, who described a trove of recordings the NASA-launched Voyager space probes had made in the outer solar system. Halverson, the Walter White to Anklam’s Hank Schrader, was overtaken by an idea: to commission imaginative artists to create songs and soundscapes out of the Voyager recordings. The interest among musicians—including , Spiritualized, Beach House, The Antlers, Mutual Benefit, Blues Control and others—was overwhelming. Lefse will release the resulting album, entitled Space Project, on April 19, Record Store Day. It will be available on vinyl, CD, and as a 7” box set.

The audio tracks that form the raw material for Space Project were recorded by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes that NASA launched in 1977 and still uses to study the outer solar system. The satellites carry numerous instruments fine-tuned to record in different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The “sounds” recorded by the Voyager probes aren’t sounds in the conventional sense; rather, they are electromagnetic radiation fluctuations in the magnetosphere of the planets, moons and large asteroids the Voyager probes traveled near. Each celestial body is composed of different elements, has its own size and mass, and therefore sounds unique.

Space Project Track Listing

Jupiter:
A: Porcelain Raft, “Giove”
B: The Antlers, “Jupiter”

Miranda
A: Mutual Benefit, “Terraform”
B: Anna Meredith, “Miranda”

Neptune
A: Spiritualized “Mississippi Space Program,” “Always Together With You (The Bridge Song)”
B. The Holydrug Couple, “Amphitrites Lost”

Rings of Uranus
A: Youth Lagoon, “Worms”
B:  Blues Control, “Blues Danube”

Saturn
A: Beach House, “Saturn Song”
B: Zomes, “Moonlet”

Earth
A: Absolutely Free, “EARTH I”
B: Jesu, “Song of Earth”

Io
A: Benoit & Sergio, “Long Neglected Words”
B: Larry Gus, “Sphere of Io (For Georg Cantor)”

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Listen: Youth Lagoon "Worms"

2014-01-20

 

Youth Lagoon "Worms" will appear on the upcoming 'Space Project' collection on Lefse Records.  We couldn't be more excited about this track and the entire project.  Check back for more details soon.


Youth Lagoon On Tour:

1/25 - Republic of Singapore
1/27 - Auckland, New Zealand
1/30 - Sydney, Australia
1/31 - Brisbane, Australia
2/01 - Melbourne, Australia
2/02 - Sydney, Australia
2/05 - Melbourne, Australia
2/07 - Adelaide, Australia
2/08 - Perth, Australia
2/14 - Honk Kong, China
2/16 - Tokyo, Japan
2/18 - Taipei, Taiwan
2/20 - Manila, Philippines

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Youth Lagoon Premiers "Raspberry Cane" Video

2013-08-13

 

09/05 Portland, OR - MFNW @ Pioneer Courthouse Square
09/06 Seattle, WA - Neumo's
09/07 Missoula, MT - Monk's Bar
09/09 Boulder, CO - Fox Theater *
09/10 Omaha, NE - Waiting Room *
09/11 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
09/12 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater *
09/14 Detroit, MI - Laneway Festival
09/16 Washington DC - 9:30 Club *
09/17 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair *
09/19 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *
09/20 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr Small's *
09/21 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *
09/22 Lexington, KY - Boomslang Festival
09/24 St Louis, MO - Plush *
09/25 Columbia, MO - Mojo's *
09/26 Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe *
09/27 Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09/28 Champaign, IL - Pygmalion Festival
09/29 Kansas City, MO - Record Bar *
10/02 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *
10/04 Los Angeles, CA - First Unitarian Church, Los Angeles *   
10/29 The Haunt, Brighton
10/31 Whelans, Dublin
11/01 Islington Assembly Hall, London w/ support from Anna Meredith +
11/02 Pitchfork Festival, Paris, France
11/05 Barby, Tel Aviv, Israel 
11/07 Razz 2, Barcelona, Spain ^
11/08 Iglesia de Zorroaga , San Sebastian, Spain ^
11/09 But, Madrid, Spain ^
11/10 Capitol, Santiago, Spain ^
11/12 Astrolabe, Orleans, France ^
11/13 Laiteire, Strasbourg, France ^
11/14 Fri-Son, Fribourg, Switzerland ^
11/15 Prince Charles, Berlin, Germany ^
11/17 Parkteatret, Oslo, Norway ^
11/18 Debaser Media, Stockholm, Sweden ^
11/19 Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden ^
11/20 Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark ^
11/22 Rolling Stone Weekender, Hamburg, Germany ^
11/23 Tivoli, Utrecht, Holland ^
11/24 Botanique/Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium ^
* support from Pure X
+ support from Anna Meredith
^ support from Absolutely Free

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Youth Lagoon Show Cancellations

2013-07-23

 
We have had to cancel the remaining Youth Lagoon shows in Europe.  A statement from Trevor Powers:

“I am so sorry to announce the upcoming shows in Oslo, Emmboda, Brighton & Secret Garden Party will have to be cancelled. I recently lost one of my closest friends and I need to be home with family and friends to celebrate his life.  I apologize to all who had purchased tickets, and I'll see you all again soon.  I love you all.”

Youth Lagoon will be back in Europe in November for Pitchfork Paris

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Newest Release

Vinyl is double gatefold packaging with a download card included.

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Discography