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The Year of Hibernation

Youth Lagoon

The Year of Hibernation

Fuzzy lo-fi indie rock and dream pop on the debut release from Idaho-based bedroom artist Trevor Powers

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  1. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    His ability to directly tap his emotion and nostalgia into unique, considered, and beautiful music that’s at once sublimely cathartic, intimately confessional, and effortlessly catchy is truly stunning
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  2. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    A powerful bit of emotional alchemy, arresting and enchanting in its naked simplicity, and Powers has accomplished a tour de force far beyond his bedroom walls or his 22 years
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  3. 8.5 |   Bowlegs

    Youth Lagoon’s debut is a personal thought process given a soundtrack of submerged electronics and hazy vibes – and between them they have created something quite special
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  4. 8.4 |   Pitchfork

    The record mixes feelings of protection and safety with the tug of adventure and wraps it in compulsively listenable music that explodes at just the right moments
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  5. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    There are only eight songs on Hibernation, but each track goes from murky depths to total transcendence as Powers, the wizard behind the curtain, attempts to dream himself out of the bedroom
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  6. 8.0 |   The 405

    The album throws in elements of lo-fi and chillwave, but with none of the posturing that can affect some other acts in these genres
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  7. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Powers' music sounds like the symphonies floating unconscious in the heads of daydreaming school kids
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  8. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Both mournful and joyful, but totally enjoyable
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  9. 8.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    The greatest weapon in Youth Lagoon’s arsenal is his ability to straddle the line between vulnerable quietude and upbeat, hook-centric pop
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  10. 8.0 |   Spin

    His coming-of-age songs carve intuitive, ?idiosyncratic paths (spidery guitar, buzzing electronics) to mountaintop indie-rock catharsis
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  11. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    The only downside is that the eight tracks just aren’t enough, and you’re left aching for more. A genuinely great first album
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  12. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Such a fragile and affecting collection of songs, it’s hard to come to terms with the fact that this guy is just 22 years old
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  13. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The crystal-cut guitar sound, snapping laptop drum beats and gooey vocals equal a mysterious offering that really will stay with you
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  14. 7.0 |   Clash

    A genuinely unique debut
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  15. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    His bedroom project soars well beyond four walls, with a sound so vast it seems more than what one man could make
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  16. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Has the right ingredients to be a successful indie pop release: instantly enjoyable melodies and an approach that lets the music breathe
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  17. 7.0 |   BBC

    Melancholic lo-fi magic from a young musician finding his way with touching results
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  18. 7.0 |   AU Review

    An unusually personal album that is also full of those moments of youthful uncertainty many will be able to relate to
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  19. 6.0 |   Q

    The self-enforced "hibernation" has since paid off handsomely. Print edition only

  20. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    There’s a compelling musician under all these layers — of sound and worry — we just need a few more peeled away for us to see him fully
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  21. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Frail, aching vocals buried beneath simple, space guitar/bass lines. Print edition only

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