Got to say, Idaho and I don’t have the best relationship. Over the past nine months, I’ve driven through it a half dozen times on my way to and from Portland, and have 1) gotten a flat tire, 2) pulled over by Highway Patrol, 3) got food poisoned, 4) perpetually frustrated by their drivers — so needless to say, the Gem state hasn’t lived up to its nickname in my eyes. If there is one redeeming quality of Idaho, it’s the beauty of the landscape. You really can’t say that you’ve seen a sunrise until you’ve seen it in Idaho.
With that being said, the tunes of Youth Lagoon give Idaho a second chance. Catching the attention of some of my favorite music bloggers, Trevor Powers’ momentum building tunes have your ears perked at the start and your fists pumping by the end. With only three tracks to his name (and more to come via a 10” on Juno Beach Records), it’s tough to get an accurate assessment, but man, I’m super excited about what this kid has in store!
You can cop two of the tracks from The Year of Hibernation from his bandcamp page and stream a third, entitled “Montana”, below: