Friday, November 18, 2011

Youth Lagoon: The Year of Hibernation (2011)

(Fat Possum)


Basically: thirty minutes of some guy from Idaho intoning softly into a microphone with serviceable bedroom pop noise around him. It's not nearly as bad as it sounds. The melodies are imaginative enough, and if the moony atmosphere is enough to put you to sleep, it's possibly by design. No one should begrudge something so simple as pretty music when it's recorded as responsibly and effectively as it is by Trevor Powers.

Much of the value of Year of Hiberation is strictly musical -- the warmth and open-air sunniness of the guitars and hazy, barely-there production offset the anxiety in Powers' gentle falsetto. Simple, ethereal, and calming, this music is ideal for a mood lift -- or a good sulk, really; the atmosphere never falters. The Muzakification of indie rock never sounded so agreeable.

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