Trevor Powers entered the scene as reclusive bedroom singer-songwriter on his debut The Year of Hibernation. He followed that record with the more expansive 2013 Wondrous Bughouse, and after a move to Bristol, U.K., the now-established artist takes his biggest musical departure as well on “The Knower,” the first single from Youth Lagoon’s forthcoming Savage Hills Ballroom.
Powers greets us with his piercing falsetto, a far cry from the hushed cries that populated his first two LPs. The song builds into something else completely, growing into a gorgeous cacophony of horns, percussion, and electronics. While both Hibernation and Bughouse were both admired for their perceived honesty, it’s only on “The Knower” that it feels like we’re truly getting to know Trevor Powers.
Savage Hills Ballroom is set for release on September 25 via Fat Possum.