Another cd, another idiosyncratic voice. Trevor Powers sings in a soft, plaintive, fragile way that people are going to love or hate. Personally, I love it. It's laden with so much echo it sounds as though he's singing from the bottom of a well. A nice well. It gives all ten of these gentle songs an intimacy that is quite spellbinding.
Tracks like July and Montana start quietly, as soft as a solo in a church, but then build as layers of keyboards gradually build. Afternoon is more chuggy from the outset. Daydream is as dreamy and pretty as you'd hope from the title.
My favourite at the moment is 17, with one of those wonderful lyrics that evokes in me a nostalgia for something that wasn't even a part of my past! It's yearning, but not mawkish. Can't stop singing the chorus line; 'When I was 17, my mother said to me, "Don't stop imagining, the day that you do is the day that you die..."' And miraculously, the way he sings prevents it from sounding trite.
Comparisons? Not sure, but I reckon if you like Avi Buffalo, the Antlers or Sparklehorse, you'll like this. The vocal and strength of the tune on some of the songs is like old Neil Young. Also the quieter songs of Say Hi... Hmmmm. Youth Lagoon sound like Youth Lagoon. And Year of Hibernation is a beautiful album with superb hooks, wistful lyrics and that somehow manages to be reflective and upbeat at the same time. I love it.