Youth Lagoon to play the Pabst Theater tonight
The indie pop act is set to perform at the Pabst Theater this evening, touring in support of their new album Wondrous Bughouse.
Trevor Powers has been releasing music under the Youth Lagoon moniker since 2010, serving as the group’s primary songwriter and contributor. His 2011 debut, The Year of Hibernation, received solid critical praise, gaining comparisons to indie mainstays Animal Collective and Deerhunter.
After two years, Powers returns with his sophomore effort, Wondrous Bughouse, and will be performing at the Pabst Theater this Thursday evening. Year of Hibernation was no doubt a strong debut, but repeating it a second time around would have made for a less-than-worthwhile follow up album.
“You’ll never die”, Powers sings in repetition on “Dropia”, his hopeful words accompanied by swirly atmosphere and sleigh bells. “Raspberry Cane” is dense and textural, with a swinging drum groove laying a solid rhythmic foundation and building as the song eventually sails away on a sea of distortion and lo-fi reverb. I’ve written critically of artists who use reverb as a crutch, but Youth Lagoon, much like Beach House, uses reverb to enhance his songwriting. It’s the icing on the cake, really, and it makes Wondrous Bughouse sound like a technicolor psychedelic daydream.
Youth Lagoon returns to Milwaukee this Thursday evening at the Pabst Theater with special guest Pure X. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here. Follow Sahan Jayasuriya on Instagram and Twitter.