Trevor Powers’ second full-length as Youth Lagoon is imminent, and comes with the squishy psychedelic title Wondrous Bughouse. True to form, then, the album’s second single “Mute” is an expansive, six-minute odyssey of psych-pop, with chunky, heavily processed keyboards and vocals that drip with reverb while the soundscape around it oscillates and spirals into some wonderland weirdness. It’s full of the sort of slow-paced rainbow-colored boom-bap vamping you’d get from the Lips, and to the extent it is designed to tickle your ears while infusing a little anthemic melodrama, it is a thoroughly successful six-minute work of beauty. Hear it:
Wondrous Bughouse is out 3/5 via Fat Possum. Pre-order it here.