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Wondrous Bughouse

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Wondrous Bughouse

Second album of fuzzy lo-fi indie rock and dream pop from Idaho-based musician Trevor Powers

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  1. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    With Wondrous Bughouse, Powers has deftly managed his expanded musical toolset to craft an impressively sophisticated and compelling—yet often unsettling—collection of psych-noise arrangements, with much to burrow into and explore on repeat listens
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  2. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Wondrous Bughouse is a delicious collage: provocative, allusive and consistently engaging
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  3. 8.7 |   Pitchfork

    This record broadens Powers' musical and lyrical scope into something universal in a literal and figurative sense
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  4. 8.5 |   The 405

    Remarkable in both ambition and execution, Powers' second record is indeed wondrous
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  5. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Its songs are as rooted in the songwriting of 20th century pop-rock ballads as they are in the sonic experimentation of psych-pop contemporaries like Animal Collective or Yeasayer
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  6. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    If you enter into it willingly and with joy it could be the kind of record you’ll be in love with for years to come
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  7. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Despite its enormous size and power, however, what makes Wondrous Bughouse such a unique experience is Powers himself
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  8. 8.0 |   Spin

    Youth Lagoon craft modernist pop so perfectly of its time that we're hardly aware of how much time has passed
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  9. 8.0 |

    Wondrous Bughouse is quite a journey while it may lack some of the low-key charm of its predecessor, it is a logical yet curious and startling next step for an artist who might just prove to be something very special indeed
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  10. 8.0 |   State

    If there was any weight of expectation on Powers’ shoulders, he’s definitely met it with an incredibly accomplished second album and avoided the dreaded sophomore slump
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  11. 8.0 |   DIY

    His sophomore album, 'Wondrous Bughouse', sees him articulate his vision even more dazzlingly
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  12. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    An album to relish
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  13. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    With a dash of curiosity and a good pair of headphones in tow, take a step into Trevor’s adventures in Bughouse-land. You’ll marvel at what you’ll hea
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  14. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Wondrous Bughouse is a warm, melodic, enchanting delight, a densely layered yet still lo-fi pop album that stands up against the more psychedelic hallmarks of The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala and more
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  15. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    The endearing bedroom-pop melodies and personal lyrics that characterised Year of Hibernation give way here to the overarching sonic vision of a disintegrating cosmic circus
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  16. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    For those with a high tolerance for psychedelic whimsy and the time to invest in repeated listens, Wondrous Bughouse offers ample pleasures
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  17. 7.0 |   All Music

    An undeniably impressive-sounding album that will please fans who loved The Year of Hibernation for its intricate sonics, but those who empathized with its emotions might feel a tad disconnected
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  18. 7.0 |   NME

    An album of disorientating pop
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  19. 7.0 |   Paste Magazine

    While Wondrous Bughouse may not be for everyone, it certainly pushes new barriers
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  20. 6.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    While it appeals for better editing, Wondrous Bughouse is also thought-provoking on a grand scale
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  21. 6.0 |   Q

    Shifts away from scratching around his less pleasant, darker thoughts and focuses on a more spiritual world. Print edition only

  22. 4.0 |   PopMatters

    Doesn’t expand Youth Lagoon’s sound so much as pour neon-colored Kool-Aid onto it until it’s diluted to a point where it’s almost difficult to hold onto much of anything in these songs
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  23. 4.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Leaves a distinct impression that it was a lot more fun to make than it is to listen to
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