SONG TO DOWNLOAD: "Cannons"
WHY THEM: Youth Lagoon is the dreamy lo-fi soul-pop project of Boise State University student Trevor Powers. For an artist with only two tracks on Bandcamp, he's deservedly received an unprecedented amount of love from fans who are anxiously anticipating this month's release of his debut full-length record. It's perfect timing — if the buzzed-about MP3s are an accurate indication, the record will be full of sun-soaked, reverb-heavy tracks, ideal for summer. Of his tracks to surface so far, "Cannons" is the more mesmerizing: it starts small, with minimal delicate vocals, building slowly to the 50-second mark, where it bursts into a colorful soundscape of drums, keys, vocals, guitars, claps, tambourines. All the while, it's lyric-heavy, but even when Powers is shouting it sounds as if through a tin can. With the momentum Youth Lagoon's gained thus far, a more solid means of production seem in the not-too-distant future.
ALSO CONSIDERED: Teens — A '60s-inspired psychedelic garage-rock band who have played with Youth Lagoon in Boise. We read about both via Idaho music blog Audio Milk.