Thursday 22 August 2013

Youth Lagoon - Raspberry Cane

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Set in a fantasy world that doesn't look particularly appealing, the video for Youth Lagoon's new single is both creepy and compelling. A place where strange humanoid creatures exist, often seemingly under water, and what appear to be odd monsters lurk in the dark. Despite this, the video is often unappealing yet still somehow enchanting and is the perfect match for this epic and spellbinding musical journey. There's been no expense spared in the songwriting department, that's for sure.

It's all very fitting really, as Trevor Powers, the man behind the moniker, began writing his debut album in 2010 with the intention of documenting the "trials of his mind", and the mind can be a weird, twisted and downright strange place. Just ask your dreams. 'Raspberry Cane' is one of those songs that you just need to drop everything and listen to. Not through it's brashness, loudness or raw power, but for its beguiling and unusually complex but accessible nature. The song is like going on an adventure; it's made up of different sections, but when you join them all up you're left with something quite special.

Youth Lagoon's website

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Catch him live:

Sep 07 Monk's, Missoula, MT
Sep 09 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
Sep 16 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
Sep 17 The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
Sep 19 Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY
Sep 20 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale, PA
Sep 21 Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
Sep 24 Plush, St Louis, MO
Sep 25 Mojo's Columbia, MO
Sep 26 Deluxe at Old National Centre, Indianapolis, IN
Sep 29 The Record Bar, Kansas City, MO
Oct 02 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
Oct 03 The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
Oct 04 First Unitarian Church, Los Angeles, CA
Oct 05 Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA
Oct 29 The Haunt, Brighton, United Kingdom
Oct 31 Whelans, Dublin, Ireland
Nov 01 Islington Assembly Hall, London, United Kingdom
Nov 13 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
Nov 14 Fri-son Fribourg, Switzerland
Nov 18 Debaser Medis, Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 20 Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark

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