Youth Lagoon - The Knower
Prime cut from a prime album, pressed on coloured vinyl. Take a dip in the Lagoon, you won't regret it.
+ Super Limited 7", pressed on 'Goldenrod' coloured vinyl.
Recorded in Bristol, UK and mixed/engineered by Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Gravenhurst)
Trevor Powers, the Idaho musician known as Youth Lagoon, has found what used to be destructive is now what gives him life. “I’ve never felt truly comfortable. It’s this feeling of uneasiness that follows me everywhere I go because my thoughts never shut up,” says Powers. “It used to exhaust me, but I’ve learned discomfort is invaluable. Safety makes us numb. It’s when we find ourselves in territories we’re unfamiliar with that we can really grow.”
While touring on his last record, 2013's 'Wondrous Bughouse,' Trevor got a call that one of his closest friends had unexpectedly passed away, forcing him to cancel the rest of the tour and head back to Idaho. He says, "that experience made me start viewing Youth Lagoon differently - it was a complete refocus for me."
This sense of gilded rebirth floods the instrumentation on 'Savage Hills Ballroom' – Power’s vocals are largely unadorned and his pop-conscious electronics reach new feats of precision. Meanwhile the lyrics explore darker territory.
Powers has taken off the cans and made a record meant to communicate, rather than shut out. “I think I've had a lot of barriers in my life in general that I don't let people past, and I've gotten really sick of all that,” he explains, “It's too tiring trying to pretend you don't have as many flaws as everyone else.”
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