★★★★ Mulberry Violence BABY HALO. CD/DL/LP New reincarnation for Youth Lagoon, the neo-psychedelic Idaho native. Extraordinary.
With this album, Trevor Powers has killed his Youth Lagoon persona stone dead. After a trilogy of whimsical, tentative dreampop albums released between 2011-2015, Powers found himself in a “mental dungeon”. He spent two years gathering a library of grotesque, entrancing found sounds, and then edited it together with his poetry in a studio in Texas. Titling the results Mulberry Violence, because mulberry trees signify “a link between heaven and earth”, this album is about stillness, pandemonium and the warring psyche. No less. But it works as a powerful artistic statement. Gone are the conventional song structures to be replaced by shredding electronics, a gender-less childlike voice, stuttering rhythms and beautiful, luscious piano chords. “Finally I accept myself,” Powers sings on Dicegame, “There’s nothing fake about that.”