Tonight at Mercury Lounge, quickly-rising Boise songwriter Trevor Powers will offer the first New York look at his Youth Lagoon project. Coming out of nowhere, with just a couple songs released on his Bandcamp page earlier this year, the 22-year-old is now experiencing the kind of quick ascension that could only happen in the blog era. He's already on the venerable Fat Possum label and touring the U.S. like a road-wearied veteran.
Powers crafts the kind of spectral pop that's equal parts texture and hook, employing some conventions of the lo-fi fallout, but keeping production clear and bright enough to be palatable across varied listener-ships. Check out the recent video for the sprawling "Montana" below.
Like a lot of Youth Lagoon, "Montana" takes a basic musical idea to its kaleidoscopic limit, cresting in one of the most powerful builds of the year. (These builds are common across "The Year of Hibernation," YL's Sept. 27 LP.) The video, directed by Boise filmmaker Tyler T. Williams, does a fantastic job of capturing the rustic urgency of the track.
Youth Lagoon will get opener support from Brooklyn-via-Australia dark-synth popster Young Magic.