Trevor Powers, who makes music under the moniker Youth Lagoon
, has been on the forefront of 2010s bedroom pop ever since his effortlessly beautiful Year of Hibernation
release in 2011. His charming ditties reached even greater heights on his second release, Wondrous Bughouse
, with Powers introducing broader sonic landscapes that managed to tear down the confining walls of his bedroom. In the wake of his upcoming third full-length release, Savage Hill Ballroom
, Youth Lagoon has released "Highway Patrol Stun Gun," paired with a brand new video. The track features a lead piano arpeggio with a submersed synth bass line, masterfully tied with Powers much clearer, melancholic voice; a powerful facet that had been considerably underutilized on his previous releases.
The upcoming record has been sporadically discussed by Powers, as he mentions the new release will lyrically cover breaking down even more
barriers, as well as addressing his own personal flaws. He discussed the video for Highway Patrol Stun Gun recently with The FADER
"For me [the concept of the video] was this idea of having this extension of yourself. We go down these life paths and we feel like were always alone, but we have those different aspects of our personality that are essentially grounding us; we're not quite alone, because we have our spirit. It was that idea, combined with the idea of losing someone and having them still be alive throughout your day to day...because I think that's a very real thing. Anyone who's experienced any sort of loss, you know you go out on a windy day you feel the wind on your skin and you feel like they're still there."
The video follows suit, as Powers can be seen initially spending time getting drunk alone with this extension of himself, eventually leading to a new-found self respect. Ultimately, the clip has a positive message, basically saying, "You're gonna spend a lot of time with you, so might as well make the best of it."
Savage Hill Ballroom
is out September 25. In the meantime, check out Highway Patrol Stun Gun below:
Also, be sure to check out our especially dreamy session with Youth Lagoon: