Monday, February 4, 2013
Youth Lagoon's The Year of Hibernation was easily one of my favorite albums of 2011, eight tracks of overwhelming melancholy and beauty that at it felt at times like the most emotional gut punch in the world. Band master mind Trevor Powers just has a win being able to capture pure emotional heft with a hazy piano, warbly vocals, and slow cascading build. And now that has all that has returned with "Dropla" from Youth Lagoon's upcoming Wondrous Bughouse. From it's first moments "Dropla" is just as dreamy and lovely as anything on The Year of Hibernation, but within those moments too are the new dimensions Youth Lagoon has evolved. The percussion is real and not beat made, giving the track a much more organic dimension compared to their previous fractured sound. Powers' has grown-up as well, with his vocals no longer the quiet echo in the background, but now the pained, driving center of the song. "Dropla" whirls and buzzes, never crescendoing like Youth Lagoon's previously did, but instead rising and falling slowly with subtle, expansive sweeps that more accurately parallel the emotions of the song. Even when the song reaches its peak with the Powers' repeating the last line of "You'll never die" over and over, it doesn't just crash but follows into a quiet, spacy outro that personifies "Dropla"'s reflective nature perfectly.
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Pre-order Wondrous Bughouse here, from Fat Possum