Feb 17, 2012

Youth Lagoon @ Oxford Art Factory

A show small in stature, but big in heart. A show without fanfare, but one that attracted plenty of fans. Just a man and a keyboard, a synth and someone to play guitar. Youth Lagoon was a great way to spend a Thursday night in Sydney. 'Twas at the Oxford Art Factory and it wasn't the greatest show you will ever see but it was treasured and delightful. A small glimpse into the talent of a young man.

It was a short show, less than an hour in fact. Which was probably to be expected as he only has one album and it only contains 8 songs. But they are grand songs, full of heart and emotion. Naturally he played all the songs from "The Year Of Hibernation", one of 2011's better albums. As said Trevor Powers played away on a Yamaha keyboard that was positioned beneath a small synth. And even though the sound was a bit patchy at times he managed to recreate all the intricacies of the album. I guess you could sometimes describe the music as 'bedroom pop', perhaps better suited to small spaces and headphones. But I actually found the music grew and exploded on stage. Thanks also to the handy guitar work of Logan Hyde. Most of the songs start gently and slowly before exploding into bold and exciting rhythms. Of course this was shown on great songs such as "17" and "Montana". But I think my real favourite was "Afternoon" with its highly infectious melodic romp. Encore song "Daydream" was also dreamy and beautiful. So, a small but quite satisfying night. 

Set List
The Hunt



  • At February 23, 2012 , Anonymous Daniel Ogilvie said...

    Good to see you are mixing up your blog with mainstream and underground! I love these sorts of gigs from time to time!

  • At February 23, 2012 , Anonymous Daniel Ogilvie said...

    Holy shit balls, i just had a look at this guys site! That is a pretty epic spring tour!


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