Trevor Pow­ers

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Mul­berry Vi­o­lence

You may be fa­mil­iar with the work of Trevor Pow­ers un­der the name Youth La­goon. Hav­ing ended that project in 2016, Pow­ers has re­vamped his style and sound into an artistry that is pro­gres­sive and ex­udes con­fi­dence in his new mu­si­cal di­rec­tion. Mul­berry Vi­o­lence is a bone-shak­ing, ex­per­i­men­tal col­lec­tion of Pow­ers’ unan­tic­i­pated evo­lu­tion as a mu­si­cian. The omi­nous and eerie mood is in­spired by the trav­els Pow­ers em­barked on dur­ing his hia­tus. His trip to the Czech Re­pub­lic, specif­i­cally to the fa­mous skull church em­bel­lished with hu­man bones, gave in­spi­ra­tion to the epic opener “XTQ Idol.” Blunt pi­ano chords un­der the lay­ered and static vo­cals set the dark tonal at­mos­phere to the rest of the record. Raw and po­etic, his lyrics con­vey a sense of striv­ing to be bet­ter. Mul­berry Vi­o­lence does not stray far from Pow­ers’ roots in Youth La­goon; he con­tin­ues to rely on dreamy synths and soar­ing, high-pitch vo­cals, but this time ex­pands into the ter­ri­tory of elec­tronic ex­per­i­men­tal pop. Pow­ers has found a per­fect bal­ance be­tween melodic sounds and a darker aes­thetic. (In­de­pen­dent)

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