Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Youth Lagoon and Porcelain Raft

April has been a great music month for me so far. I've been waiting for what feels like a long time to see a few of the acts rolling into Chicago this month. The first of those acts was Youth Lagoon, who I caught at the Metro last week. Youth Lagoon is the musical venture of Trevor Powers, although if you've listened to his 2011 debut album, The Year of Hibernation, you might think that he was a full band. The album is dreamy, melancholy, and emotional, but mostly it's just plain beautiful music. Live, it's simply gorgeous - mesmerizing even. Powers, who was accompanied by a guitarist, said very little to the crowd, and instead focused on putting all of himself into every lyric, every note. It was a lovely set. Porcelain Raft opened for Youth Lagoon and I made a point to get there early to check him (Mauro Remiddi) out because I'm a fan of his debut album, Strange Weekend. And while Porcelain Raft was decent live, it is Youth Lagoon that I'll remember.

Porcelain Raft (Mauro Remiddi)

Porcelain Raft's touring drummer was actually really fun to watch because of his intensity. He didn't stop moving - and at one point was chugging a beer and banging on the drums at the same time. Clearly he's multi-talented.

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Youth Lagoon (Trevor Powers)

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