Trevor Powers

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Trevor Powers
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Background information
Also known asYouth Lagoon
Born (1989-03-18) March 18, 1989 (age 31)
San Diego, California, United States
OriginBoise, Idaho, United States
GenresElectronic, Experimental, Art pop, Americana, neo-psychedelia, dream pop
Years active2010–present
LabelsBaby Halo, Fat Possum

Trevor Powers (born March 18, 1989) is an American musician from Boise, Idaho. Powers was active as Youth Lagoon from 2010 up until he formally retired the project in 2016.[1] Powers announced his return with his new self-titled project in May of 2018.[2] Powers' music has been described as electronic and experimental with elements of pop.

As Youth Lagoon[edit]

Powers was active as Youth Lagoon from 2010 to 2016.[3] Youth Lagoon's music was described as neo-psychedelia,[4] and included elements of Americana and experimental.[5]

Youth Lagoon's debut album, The Year of Hibernation, was released on Fat Possum Records on September 27, 2011.[6] Based on minimalism and hypnotic ambience melded with atmospheric and electronic elements, the debut explored themes such as psychological dysphoria and mental distress.[5]

Powers' second album, Wondrous Bughouse, was released on March 5, 2013 by Fat Possum.[7] It was spawned from what he described as "becoming more fascinated with the human psyche and where the spiritual meets the physical world."[8] During the time he composed the album, Powers became intrigued with the metaphysical universe and blending those ideas with pop music.[9][10]

Powers' tour in support of Wondrous Bughouse was cut short due to the death of a close friend.[11]

On November 12, 2014, Powers announced, via Twitter, that writing for his third album had been finished. Recording started in January 2015. The July 10, 2015 release of "The Knower", a free single-sided 7" single, marked the announcement of his third album, Savage Hills Ballroom, released on September 25, 2015.[12][13]

In July 2015, Youth Lagoon announced a US tour in support of Savage Hills Ballroom.[14]

On February 1, 2016, Powers announced on Twitter that his Youth Lagoon project was concluding.[15]

Under his own name[edit]

On May 2, 2018, Powers announced his return to music by issuing a personal letter[2] along with the single "Playwright", his first song release since 2015. The letter elaborated on Power's self-titled project, highlighting the project as a new work.

On May 20, he announced that he would release his first album under his own name, Mulberry Violence, in late 2018.[16] Powers released two more singles from the forthcoming album, "Ache" and "Plaster Saint" with a newly penned letter providing more insight into the project:[17]


As Youth Lagoon[edit]

Studio albums[edit]


  • Youth Lagoon 7" (2011, Fat Possum Records)
  • "Mute" promo CD (2013, Fat Possum Records)
  • "The Knower" 7" (2015, Fat Possum Records)

As Trevor Powers[edit]

Studio albums[edit]


  • "Playwright" digital (2018, Baby Halo)
  • "Ache" digital (2018, Baby Halo)
  • "Plaster Saint" digital (2018, Baby Halo)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Trevor Powers announces end of Youth Lagoon". Consequence of Sound. 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  2. ^ a b "Trevor Powers (fka Youth Lagoon) returns with solo single, "Playwright": Stream". Consequence of Sound. 2018-05-02. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  3. ^ "The Pitchfork Guide to Festivals". Pitchfork. 2014-04-10. Retrieved 2015-11-29.
  4. ^ Gabel, Sue (August 11, 2015). "Youth Lagoon Announces Dates".
  5. ^ a b "Youth Lagoon — Free listening, videos, concerts, stats and pictures at". Retrieved 2015-11-29.
  6. ^ "Youth Lagoon: The Year of Hibernation | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2015-11-29.
  7. ^ "Youth Lagoon, 'Wondrous Bughouse' (Fat Possum)". SPIN. Retrieved 2015-11-29.
  8. ^ "wondrous bughouse Archives". Indie Music Filter. Retrieved 2015-11-29.
  9. ^ "Track Of The Week: "Dropla" by Youth Lagoon". AUX.TV. 2013-01-18. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-11-29.
  10. ^ Carrie Battan, "Youth Lagoon Announces New Album," Pitchfork, January 4, 2013.
  11. ^ Marketti, Anna. "Interview: Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon". Sound of Boston. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Youth Lagoon Announces New Album Savage Hills Ballroom | News". Pitchfork. 2015-07-10. Retrieved 2015-11-29.
  13. ^ Henry, Dusty (2015-09-21). "Youth Lagoon – Savage Hills Ballroom | Album Reviews". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2015-11-29.
  14. ^ Geslani, Michelle. "Youth Lagoon announces US tour". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  15. ^ Alex Young, "Trevor Powers announces end of Youth Lagoon," Consequence of Sound, February 1, 2016.
  16. ^ "Trevor Powers (fka Youth Lagoon) Announces New Album 'Mulberry Violence'". Spin. 2018-05-30. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  17. ^ "Trevor Powers (Youth Lagoon) announces debut solo LP & tour, shares two songs". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 2018-06-15.