Trevor Powers, whose stage name is Youth Lagoon, began writing his
debut album The Year of Hibernation in 2010. Based around the idea
of psychological dysphoria, Powers tried to document the trails of his
mind through songs of minimalism and hypnotic ambience. Powers
later described his writing process as "my mind communicating with
me, not the other way around...it can take me to scary places but I've
realized those bizarre thoughts I have don't define me." After signing
with Mississippi-based label Fat Possum Records in 2011, he toued
much of the following year before going back into solitude to write.
Wondrous Bughouse, Powers' sophomore album (due March 5
worldwide via Fat Possum), was spawned from what he describes
as "becoming more fascinated with the human psyche and where the
spiritual meets the physical world." During the time he wrote, Powers
became intrigued with the metaphysical universe and blending those
ideas with pop music.
"Youth Lagoon is something so personal to me because writing music
is how I sort my thoughts, as well as where I transfer my fears,"
"My mental state is usually pretty sporadic...a lot of this record was
influenced by a fear of mortality but embracing it at the same
time. Realizing that human life is only great because it is
temporary. Experimenting with ideas about dimensions. I'm not a
gifted speaker, so explaining things is difficult for me. But music
always makes sense."