YOUTH LAGOON | July + Cannons

Boise’s Youth Lagoon (aka Trevor Powers) has two free tracks, “July + Cannons”, available at Bandcamp, which appears to be the digital teaser for an upcoming album, “The Year of Hibernation”, a 10-inch out July 5 via Juno Beach Records. The first track, “July”, begins meekly with the low drone of synth and distant whispered vocals. But all of that seems to dissipate like smoke, giving way to the high notes of a keyboard and brilliant waltzing percussion beginning at the 1:31 mark of the song. This track is one of the best I’ve heard this year, right up there with Vocabulary’s “Gown”, The Weeknd’s “Glass Table Girls”, Sutja Gutierrez’s “Borderline (Hell, I’m The), Steffaloo’s “Fly Away”, and Natural Numbers’ “God Damnit”. I have a feeling I know why the track is named “July”. It’s the auditory equivalent to fireworks in slow motion. Listen to the song and it becomes easy to visualize explosions in the sky, and the giant bang and the gradual falling away. The subtle arrangement is so delicate, so moving, like a powerful piece of cinema. It’s all in the little details. A change of pace, the shift of vocal melody falling into melancholic flights when Powers sings, “Save me, so save me.” The vocals then rise in volume, the pitch heightens, the drums strengthen, a tambourine shake measures the beat, choral background coos builds momentum as the song takes on angels wings. It’s glorious. Truly. Visit Youth Lagoon’s Bandcamp page here. Note: All lyrics are unofficial. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Youth Lagoon “July”

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