Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Montana” by Youth Lagoon from the 2011 album The Year of Hibernation on Fat Possum.
Today’s featured song is as fresh as all gets. The Boise, Idaho, act that is Youth Lagoon debuted last Friday in Brooklyn, and his debut album released merely a week ago. Trevor Powers, at age 22, channels songs with a deep understanding of human emotion and with a musical grasp of it all. Taking hold of certain anxiety issues, he decided to write music centered on it and express it in a way that, as he says “If I can be honest about what is inside my mind, there will be others that will be able to relate to it.”
Powers’ enthusiasm and awe of performing for an appreciative crowd is about as unjaded as it gets. His Twitter feed conveys a wave of excitement for every positive feedback from music media, and the occasional flub of life getting in your way — e.g. “deer homicide r.i.p. — It couldn’t be more lovable.
The overall feeling one gets from The Year of Hibernation trumps understanding the lyrics with every epic, surging melody set forth. “Montana” capitalizes on jaunty, catchy countermelodies amid the song’s overall theme and builds a framework in your imagination. Actually being able to decipher the lyrics might take away from the beauty that you get from the song. All agism aside, it is just something to revel in.
Youth Lagoon is in the midst of touring but misses Seattle by some stretch. The West Coast seems to get a little love, as he hits San Francisco and San Diego in the coming weeks. Check out upcoming tour dates here. For now you can watch the official video for “Montana” below, which, if you didn’t get enough emotion just listening to the song itself, then the video will surely send you over the edge.
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