Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 00:03
Youth Lagoon—also known as Trevor Powers—released Wondrous Bughouse, containing ten new songs, each a pure bath of vague, reverb mush.
If determined enough to survive the entire length of Wondrous Bughouse, listeners will be forever marred by an endless echo of synth. The songs, particularly “Pelican Man” and “Sleep Paralysis,” are often so thickly lathered, it takes a close ear to take away anything more than white noise.
Occasionally tracks begin with an catchy melody, with Powers murmuring along in a distinct, nasally whisper. It undoubtedly transitions into a repetitive instrumental segment, reminiscent of a psychedelic, mind-melting acid trip.
Lyrics are hard to come by as they are so padded with reverb that they become indiscernible. “The Bath,” for instance, which is the third track on the album, is completely void of any comprehension.
However, what is lacking in meaning is made up for in mood. Powers’ child-like voice, carnival-themed melodies, and 60s inspired upbeat percussion create an eerie flavor to the overall record. Tracks like “Attic Doctor” and “Dropla” are prime examples of the unique, haunting tone displayed throughout Wondrous Bughouse.
It seems every song, relating in form and mood, blends together into one long, kaleidoscopic journey through the artist’s mind.
With repeated listening, Wondrous Bughouse could possibly become more tolerable; however, it might be difficult to find a volunteer to endure that challenge. Until then, Wondrous Bughouse will be suitable for wondrous, mind-numbing background music.