Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse

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Wondrous Bughouse is the second studio album by American electronic pop musician Youth Lagoon (Trevor Powers), released in March 2013 via Fat Possum Records.

Youth Lagoon was the stage name of the Boise, Idaho-based American musician Trevor Powers. Powers was active as Youth Lagoon from 2010-2016 with his music including elements of Americana and experimental.

Wondrous Bughouse was spawned from what he described as "becoming more fascinated with the human psyche and where the spiritual meets the physical world". During the time he composed the album, Powers became intrigued with the metaphysical universe and blending those ideas with pop music.

Wondrous Bughouse lives up to the first part of its name: the sheer amount of sounds Powers packs into these songs certainly inspire wonder. Debut album The Year Of Hibernation hinted at the sonic depth and detail displayed here, but the size and polish of Wondrous Bughouse's arrangements make the album perfect for listening to under headphones, where every gurgling keyboard and rippling echo can really come to life.

Songs like "Mute" show how far Powers has come since his debut album: full of sparkling guitars and limpid synths, it's a sonic cathedral rather than the hazy cocoons that used to surround his barely audible vocals. Wondrous Bughouse's upgraded production values don't do much to dismiss the comparisons to forerunners like the Flaming Lips - indeed, Wayne Coyne and company would be glad to call tracks such as "Raspberry Cane" their own.

However, the album's expansive palette also reveals similarities to Sun Airway's gorgeous surfaces, as well as to more traditional psychedelic pop. "Attic Doctor’s” resplendent harpsichords, and the stomping beat and churning melody on "Pelican Man," make them seem like Magical Mystery Tour outtakes, while "Daisyphobia" could have come straight from Dark Side Of The Moon.

As dazzling as Wondrous Bughouse often sounds, the wave of sound could lose the intimacy evident in his debut. Some of Wondrous Bughouse's best moments use their massive sounds to convey that need instead of covering it up: "The Bath" begins with murmured confessions and a rickety keyboard melody that recall Powers' first album, then slowly swells into an epic that retains that vulnerability. On "Dropla," Powers examines mortality and spirituality, chanting "you'll never die" in a way that's a little too frantic to be truly reassuring, but is powerful in its urgency all the same.

Youth Lagoon does such a good job of mining the more searching side of psychedelia that it's something of a shame when Powers doesn't concentrate on it. Wondrous Bughouse is an undeniably impressive-sounding album that will please fans who loved The Year Of Hibernation for its intricate sonics.

Check out the singles: Dropla and Mute as well as The Bath and Raspberry Cane.

This double LP on black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with digital download card is pressed in the USA.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Through Mind And Back

2:31

A2

Mute

5:58

A3

Attic Doctor

3:52

B1

The Bath

4:47

B2

Pelican Man

5:07

C1

Dropla

5:56

C2

Sleep Paralysis

5:34

D1

Third Dystopia

5:01

D2

Raspberry Cane

6:40

D3

Daisyphobia

5:19

SKU 767981129310
Record Label Fat Possum Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number FP1293-1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 12 July 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 05 March 2013
Barcode # 767981129310
Shipping Weight 0.4400kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Vinyl Records, Gatefold Sleeve, Digital Download Card, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Electronic
Genre Synth-Pop
Genre Pop Rock
Format VINYL LP

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