Yo! Get with it mates! There’s good music in Pgh if you look hard enough. Sometimes you have to dig, and sometimes it’s obvi. This time, however, up-and-coming one man band Youth Lagoon, the project of Boise, Idaho-based Trevor Powers is hitting the Club at Stage AE in full force. Ok, well maybe more like a reserved mastermind who is completely unaware of his raw talent, but either way, he’s hittin’ up Pgh next week and comes along with our recommendation.
This guy claims he’s been heavily influenced by the Cocteau Twins, but I’m finding hints of Perfume Genius, How to Dress Well and even Washed Out, all one man bands who pack enough talent to do it on their own. I typically describe Youth Lagoon to those unfamiliar in this manner – think the old man from Family Guy who whistles when he talks, this would have been his band in his early years. While that might not sound appealing, why don’t you take a listen for yourself?
Cannons by Youth Lagoon
Nice, isn’t it? Powers’ music is soul-bearing and introspective, a result of the way he’s internalized his thought process over the years:
“For my whole life I’ve dealt with extreme anxiety. Not anxiety about passing a test or somewhat normal things, but weird.. bizarre things. Things that only I know. I sometimes feel like I’m literally being eaten up inside. So I started writing these songs. Not just songs about my anxiety, but about my past and my present. Songs about memories, and all those feelings that those bring. I know that if I can be honest about what is inside my mind, there will be others that will be able to relate to it.” – Stereogum
A fella whose talent is very deserving of the recognition he’s gained in 2011, Youth Lagoon will certainly be one to watch in 2012. For more on his music, inspiration and hometown, hop on over to Pitchfork for an interview they did with him last month. If you’re interested in catching his upcoming gig at Stage AE’s club space on Tuesday the 13th, hop on over to their website to purchase tickets. Or hell, just buy them at the door. Either way, it’s worth showing up.