Trevor Powers, whose stage name is Youth Lagoon, began writing his debut album The Year of Hibernation in 2010. Based around the idea of psychological dysphoria, Powers tried to document the trails of his mind through songs of minimalism and hypnotic ambience. Powers later described his writing process as "my mind communicating with me, not the other way around...it can take me to scary places but I've realized those bizarre thoughts I have don't define me." After signing with Mississippi-based label Fat Possum Records in 2011, he toured much of the following year before going back into solitude to write.
Wondrous Bughouse, Powers' sophomore album (released March 5 worldwide via Fat Possum), was spawned from what he describes as "becoming more fascinated with the human psyche and where the spiritual meets the physical world." During the time he wrote, Powers became intrigued with the metaphysical universe and blending those ideas with pop music.
"Youth Lagoon is something so personal to me because writing music is how I sort my
thoughts, as well as where I transfer my fears," explains Powers.
"My mental state is usually pretty sporadic... a lot of this record was influenced by a fear of mortality but embracing it at the same time. Realizing that human life is only great because it is temporary. Experimenting with ideas about dimensions. I'm not a gifted speaker, so
explaining things is difficult for me. But music always makes sense."
05/23 Vancouver, BC - Venue
05/24 George, WA Sasquatch! Fest
05/26 Boston, MA - Boston Calling Festival
06/05 Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center *
07/07 Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07/08 Paris, France - Le Trabendo
07/10 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
07/12 Bratislava, Slovakia - Pohoda Festival
07/13 Wiesen, Austria - Harvest of Art Festival
07/15 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
07/16 Manchester, UK - Gorilla
07/18 Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds
07/19 Lewes, UK - GOTR
07/20 London, UK - Barbican
07/22 Bergen, Norway - Landmark
07/23 Oslo, Norway - Parkeatreat
07/24 Emmaboda, Sweden - Emmaboda Festival
07/26 Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
07/27 Huntington, UK - Secret Garden Party
08/07 Salt Lake City, UT - Twilight Concert Series
08/09 Sacramento, CA - Harlow's
08/10 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
09/05 Portland, OR - MFNW @ Pioneer Courthouse Square
09/14 Rochester Hills, MI - Laneway Festival
* = w/ The National