Few careers have taken off as quickly as that of Trevor Powers. Starting working under the name Youth Lagoon in 2010, Powers signed to Fat Possum to put out his debut LP, The Year of Hibernation. A record of devastating simplicity and breathtaking beauty, it seemed to become an instant classic – Pitchfork summed up the feelings that many instantly had towards the album in their 8.4/10 review, noting “The record mixes feelings of protection and safety with the tug of adventure and wraps it in compulsively listenable music that explodes at just the right moments.” Written and recorded at a time where Powers was receiving treatment for anxiety, it went on to feature on the end of year lists of Pitchfork, Pretty Much Amazing and a number of other outlets.
Youth Lagoon – Highway Patrol Stun Gun on YouTube
Follow-up Wondrous Bughouse showcase a style that seemed to match Powers’ own emotional development – more experimental, slightly more extroverted and definitely more sophisticated. In their 9/10 review Best Fit called it “a delicious collage: provocative, allusive and consistently engaging”, while DIY said “it’s evident this record took Powers to places he wishes he’d never been. Darkness has never sounded so gloriously technicolor” and awarded 8/10.
Youth Lagoon – 17 on YouTube
This year, Youth Lagoon has once again returned and furthered that maturity with Savage Hills Ballroom, and album that Powers has said deals with acknowledging personal flaws and breaking down barriers. Earning some of the best reviews of his career so far, All Music (8/10) wrote that “[the album] expanded the Youth Lagoon sound without losing any of the intimacy of his bedroom pop beginnings” while Uncut (8/10) praised the LP’s “Lush, lightly electronic chamber-pop arrangements”.
Tickets on sale at 9am Friday 9 October from See Tickets
Three years after the release of her iconic breakthrough LP Visions, Clare Boucher – better known as Grimes – is back. A creative polyglot, Boucher had long been a darling of the underground scene with her two early releases, Geidi Primes and Halifaxa, but Boucher is now a bonafide international star, counting Jay-Z, Beyonce and Rihanna among her many fans.
Grimes – Oblivion on YouTube
Raised in Vancouver, it was a move to Montreal for university that gave birth to the Grimes project. Embedding herself in the singularly eclectic scene in the area (which has also given rise to Blue Hawaii, Majical Clouds and Purity Ring), Boucher claims that a realisation at the age of 20 helped her become a musician – she told The Guardian, “One day, I was listening to music and it suddenly made sense to me how it was constructed”. Her cited influences mirror this typically unique upbringing and approach to songcraft, with K-Pop, Enya, Drake, Aphex Twin and Dizzee Rascal being among the many picked out by Boucher as having shaped and tinged her sound.
Grimes – Go (ft. Blood Diamonds) on YouTube
Among the swathes of gushing reviews for Visions, it was perhaps Pitchfork who put it best in their 8.5/10 review that “Anchored to the digital imagination but unbridled from its skittish anxiety and concerns,Visions gestures skyward and beyond”. As well as featuring on countless end of year lists, single Oblivion was named as the best track of the decade so far by Pitchfork and as one of the 500 greatest songs of all time by NME. Her new album is expected shortly.
Grimes – Genesis on YouTube
Support for this individually immersive live performance will be provided by HANA.
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