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Trevor Powers is doing spectacular things with his musical project, Youth Lagoon. His recently released debut album The Year of Hibernation is an affecting, musical wonder...the kind of emotionally charged record only a twenty two year old could churn out. Breezy, devastatingly melodic, and sounding like it was captured in the bottom of a well, the album contains a collection of songs riddled with a wide array of youthful emotions. Anxiety, romance, heartbreak, uncertainty, pure bliss...it is just what accompanies anyone making an honest attempt to get to know themselves. The Year of Hibernation sounds like Powers' vehicle for the process. It sounds like his here and now, his present day.

But, in touching on the common complications of twenty-something life, the album also sounds like a haunting relic from the past...which might explain Powers' narrative approach to his video for "Montana". It's a few months old, but definitely worth sharing, if only for the fact that it's probably one of the most affecting, 5 minute pieces of video you'll happen to see this year (or what's left of it anyway). Here, Powers' tells the story of a hidden keepsake, a big old automobile, a father, a son, and the sad fate they share. Have a look below, and try not to completely lose it. It's an absolute tear jerker. But it's f*cking spectacular, which of course is right in line with everything this promising young artist is producing.

Artist Bio

Twenty-two year old Trevor Powers, whose musical venture is called Youth Lagoon, has had a long year. Not because he's been endlessly touring or pursuing some wild dream, but because of life - the life of a kid going to college, being in love, dealing with heartache, and just living.

"Youth Lagoon isn't me." says Powers. "It's merely a part of me. I was in and out of different bands in high school and always tried to define myself by what music I played. I tried to find a sense of meaning by being in a band. But it wasn't until this last year - when I realized I was more than just music - that I was able to create music that means something to me. And that is Youth Lagoon."

Throughout the course of 2010, Powers began to write an album about things he had a hard time talking about. He claims that when he tries to talk about it to people, he doesn't make sense. So he wrote an album about it titled The Year of Hibernation.

"For my whole life I've dealt with extreme anxiety." says Powers. "Not anxiety about passing a test or somewhat normal things, but weird.. bizarre things. Things that only I know. I sometimes feel like I'm literally being eaten up inside. So I started writing these songs. Not just songs about my anxiety, but about my past and my present. Songs about memories, and all those feelings that those bring. I know that if I can be honest about what is inside my mind, there will be others that will be able to relate to it."

Although his music seems somewhat dreamy with the first listen, the lyrics show a different side to the matter. Hidden beneath the melodies is a voice that is eerie yet nostalgic. Powers claims his music is like letting people read his journal. "I don't think I could ever write a completely happy album. It's not that I'm not a happy person," claims Powers, "but I just have too many things in my mind that haunt me."


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