My Top 20 Songs of 2011 #12: Youth Lagoon – ‘July’

Youth Lagoon is the moniker of a one Trevor Powers (you can see why he chose not to put his birth name to his work), who has joined a long line of young, skinny white guys in making home-recorded indie records. Like a lot of those who’ve gone before him, he has both feet firmly beneath him, whilst he gazes at his shoes. The sound of the record and his guitar work is so similar to that of Dean Wareham’s Galaxie 500, it’s easy to imagine this fitting on ‘Today’ or ‘On Fire’. If that sounds like an insult, it’s not. This is a stunning record.

I was starting to get sick of hearing records that just hit the reverb button and hoped that this would instil the right feeling of epic grandeur. Hearing this record made me remember what a great epic record should be. It’s essentially one long build up, with layers constantly being added until it eventually explodes into life. It’s a trick that’s been used hundreds of times before – it’s nefarious, it’s sneaky, but in the right hands it sounds like a fireworks display set to record.

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