Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse (2013)
Youth Lagoon is the moniker of Trevor Powers from Idaho and Wondrous Bughouse is his second album after 2011’s The Year Of Hibernation.
The album is very dense indie dream pop, layered but also minimalistic. The overall sound is very experimental as synth and processed sound interplay to create soundscapes which weave around psychedelic indie pop songs. I am reminded at times of early Radiohead, and also mid-era Beatles and some Pink Floyd. Heavily altered vocals with hints of drone, and slight hints of distuning add to the tension, moving from dream to nightmare and back to dream again.
I really enjoyed this album, it is haunting, psychedelic, experimental, dense and dreamy. A real aural voyage through the mind as it is unbridled by reality and able to travel on it’s own whims.
Favourite tracks: Pelican Man, Dropla, Sleep Paralysis
Spotify link: Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse