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Wondrous Bughouse [VINYL]

Youth Lagoon Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (18 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • ASIN: B00B1C3918
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Through Mind and Back
2. Mute
3. Attic Doctor
4. The Bath
5. Pelican Man
6. Dropla
7. Sleep Paralysis
8. Third Dystopia
9. Raspberry Cane
10. Daisyphobia

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woozy, boozy, woo 22 Jun 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Loving the out of focus sounds on this album. Must confess that I wasn't familiar with the earlier album so had no preconception of how this album should sound. Regardless to me at least it sounds great. I've bought the vinyl from Amazon and despite the description this is a double vinyl album with a downloadable version of the album included. Have also now enjoyed the first album and apart from 17 from the first album prefer this one. Anyways will hopefully be catching Mr Powers on his UK tour very soon which should be something special.
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It's very different from the last cd however on closer listening you can see the connection. It takes 2/3 plays to get past the initial difference but as I said above I think it will grow because it is getting more interesting each time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one you may miss! 12 April 2013
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Fancy some thing a little different,and like ariel pink style of production (low fi )this album will grow and grow,the sound has progressed from his last album and is more accessible ,whilst still not appealing to the masses,well i dont know any body who has purchased any youth lagoon music....go on be brave,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 July 2014
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Arrived as described. No problems
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You're playing a song, one that's for me".... 5 Mar 2013
By J. Hubner - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Wondrous Bughouse is an album that from beginning to end fills you with joy. It comes over you in waves of awestruck and wide-eyed wonderment. Trevor Powers looks to the skies and questions whom or whatever may or may not be looking down on us. Where The Year of Hibernation was a quiet entry into a bedside journal at 2 am, Wondrous Bughouse is a technicolor daydream. It's a primal scream directly at the universe -which at it's core- is as univeral as it gets. Trevor Powers has given us what is bound to be one of best albums of the year. A kaleidoscope of sound and emotions, a Kool Aid acid test where no chemicals are required. Just open ears and an open mind.

`Through Mind and Back' is a carnival mirror. It's a distorted version of melody and harmony. You get the feeling the quiet, lo fi bedroom sound of The Year of Hibernation may have followed Powers to album number two, that is until `Mute' comes pouring from the speakers like the scene in The Wizard of Oz where we go from black and white to bright color. The sound is big, full, and immediate. Ben H. Allen's influence in the production and sound creating is evident. The twisty, wavering keys and chorused guitars shimmer in the air. This intense shift in the sonics for Youth Lagoon may be quite jarring for those that hold TYoH in such high regard. All I can say to them is stick with this record. Trevor Powers hasn't lost any of his intimacy as a songwriter. His paintings are as personal as ever; he's merely gotten a much bigger canvas and a more diverse palette of colors to choose from now. `Attic Doctor' is a bizarre carnival ride. A calliope run on nitrous oxide. It's sinister, sweet, and ethereal all at once. With its waltz time signature, ample amounts of ear candy, and dream-like haze, this song shows Trevor Powers can do more than quiet and intimate. `The Bath' goes back to a more refined, quiet sound, albeit with the sonic explorations skills of Ben H. Allen at Youth Lagoon's disposal. `Pelican Man' builds slowly into a cathartic release, giving a feeling that I can only describe as heart swelling. I've listened to this record several times now and I keep going back to one name: Brian Wilson. I can't help but compare Wondrous Bughouse to Wilson's long gestated and recently released SMilE. It's utter exuberance and child-like wonder pervade this record. This isn't a literal comparison. This is in spirit. I can't tell you how many times listening to this record I just stopped what I was doing and just let it wash over me. `Dropla' is the centerpiece of this record. A song about dying and what happens when we die. Or, maybe the anger and resentment we feel when someone we love dies. I don't know. It's a mantra of a song. I could picture a child repeating the line "You'll never die, you'll never die, you'll never die", at the bedside of a loved one, thinking in their heart it would make a difference in the end. It's a beautiful track that would never have had the weight it carries had it been recorded in the same lo fi bedroom fashion of TYoH. `Sleep Paralysis' sounds like a song beamed in from some other time, found on some radio frequency lost for years. `Daisyphobia' ends this immense album on a dream-like note. It's as if Trevor Powers is singing from the edge of a chasm, one that separates us from that euphoric dream world this album comes from and the world it leaves us behind in. Back through the looking glass you go, Alice.

Trevor Powers, aka Youth Lagoon, has made a beautiful record. Wondrous Bughouse is uplifting, melancholy, strange, and wonderful. It's also one of the best albums you're likely to hear this year.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars, rounded up to an Amazon 5 5 Mar 2013
By A. Clary - Published on
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Let me just get this out of the way quickly. If you were a huge fan of Youth Lagoon's 2011 debut "Year of Hibernation," there is potential you may be initially offput by this album. While YOH was a soft, tender album that was fairly straight forward musically, Wonderous Bughouse is an expansive, full, and arguably sometimes plodding album chock full of unfamiliar sounds that take a while to get used to. While there are certainly pop moments spread out in various spots, I would hesitate to use the word immediate in describing any song here.

That being said, if you are willing to erase the fond memories of YOH and take in this album for what it is, you will find a beautiful, cinematic, highly polished work of a maturing songwriter who is coming into his craft. I feel like I am watching a movie when I crank this up in my headphones. There are often long periods where the voice of Trevor Powers is nowhere to be found and all that is present is a swirling daze of key-shifting electronic effects and can be confusing to the ears if you don't just let go and allow yourself to get lost in its glory.

Fans of Animal Collective may find that their sound has crept its way a bit into Powers music. Perhaps this is due to the production of Ben Allen, who I must say did a gorgeous job on this album. When I first played this I had no idea who produced it, but I said to myself "sounds like Ben Allen" and sure enough that was the case. His polish and addition of a clean low end to the sonic spectrum is a welcome addition.

Is this album perfect? Not even close. Is it a modern classic? Tough to say, only time will tell. It is most certainly a huge evolution for Powers, but whether you think that evolution is a good one will come down to personal taste. And personally, I think it is brilliant.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars expansive indie pop that uses electronics to add alien psychedelic warmth 9 April 2013
By Charlie Quaker - Published on
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2nd album from Boise, Idaho's Trevor Powers--wide-scope, expansive indie pop that uses
electronic instrumentation to add layers of alien psychedelic warmth to the sweeping, epic
invitation of melody. The songs are awash in the beauty of hypnagogic, textured pixie-dust
magic. Sleepy, buried, otherworldly vocals float by on wispy, hallucinogenic cotton clouds in a
viscous atmosphere. The music coalesces into an embracing, hazy wonder; like fluctuating,
evolutionary smoke-dreams of wavering, trippy refrains wrapped in a beckoning cocoon that
radiates a gorgeous, glowing aura. Recalls bands like the Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Pink
Floyd, the Beatles, Exitmusic, Beach House, Broken Social Scene, Tame Impala. "Wondrous
Bughouse" encapsulates all the comfort and charm of you first real kiss: a glorious, rewarding
venture into the unknown. Expect this one to grow on you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year so far for me 15 April 2013
By Scuba Steve - Published on
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The first track off that I heard off 'Wondrous Bughouse' was 'Mute' and I immediately fell in love and kept it and 'Dropla' on repeat till I could get a hold of the entire album. It took a little longer to get into the rest of the tracks as they aren't as immediately catchy. Not that there are any particularly weak tracks, it just took a few more listens to appreciate them.
The music itself kind of reminds me of what you would hear at a creepy carnival. It is trippy and weirdly psychadelic in a discordant sort of way (which now that I write it sounds stupid, but once you hear the album you will understand). The tracks form a cohesive unit, none sounding out of place and when I listen I don't find myself skipping any.
It's completely different to Youth Lagoon's last album and from reading the other reviews it is pretty divisive with many older fans not liking the change in sound from 'Year In Hibernation.' However, in my mind its a massive step in the right direction. Can't wait to see what they come up with next.
Top tracks: Mute, Pelican Man, Raspberry Cane
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where did it go? 7 Mar 2013
By Sadie - Published on
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I was exceptionally excited about this album, and bought it as soon as I could. After spending the last two days listening to it, I have to say I am quite disappointed.

The album has an overly synthesized sound to it, perhaps psychedelic at times, that's a far cry from the sound that I fell so hard for. What made me fall in love with Youth Lagoon was the fact that is sounded like nothing I had ever heard before. It was nostalgic; a dreamy escape from the everyday. I found myself apart moments I had never witnessed first-hand, but I wanted to know more about; I became fascinated by every sound and every word. The music alone drew me in, echoing and ringing through the mind; no words needed to be spoken, as the notes said so much. It was so personal one could feel as though he was writing about their life, reading their journal. This album delivers nothing of the sort. Its upbeat, disconnected, reproducible, and at times, forgettable. Dropla, Mute, and Raspberry Cane are perhaps the only tracks that still contain a little bit of Youth Lagoon in their body. Attic Doctor literally sounds identical to Animal Collective, which I never lumped in the same category as Youth Lagoon. No offense to Animal Collective, but this is not a good thing. This album sounds like a collaboration with someone else, like Powers was hired to sing over someone else's tracks, it just does not sound at all like Youth Lagoon.

I have no room to bag on Trevor Powers, as he is an exceptional artist and I am sure many people can articulate an argument much more eloquent than mine. Everything I have to say is simply from the stand point of a fan who was so deeply moved by his work up to this point, and who, after listening to this, became a little depressed that the era of Year in Hibernation is now a past memory.
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