167. Youth Lagoon - ‘Wondrous Bughouse’ + The Maple Leaf

Youth Lagoon - ‘Wondrous Bughouse’ + The Maple Leaf

Ingredients: 2 ounces Bourbon, 1/2 ounce Maple Syrup, 3/4 ounce Lemon Juice

Mixing Instructions: Combine in cocktail shaker with ice, shake & strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Notes:  When we paired Youth Lagoon’s debut LP The Year of Hibernation last year, we didn’t have much to say about Trevor Powers’ approach to singing, his songwriting, or his music. A young guy from middle america, we might have been more caught by surprise by the sounds and undertones of the album itself than the artist.  Whatever it was, we recognized we loved the music and needed to feature it.  

Now here we are again, in awe of what the still-rather-young artist has created and packaged for us.  An album of art to be sure—THIS is how albums are supposed to be made.  A clear beginning, a flowing series of songs, and a dreamy ending that just makes you want to start it all over from the top.  Sure, there are standout songs… but this album was meant to be heard from start to finish.  A practice that we advocate passionately.  You might notice this Youth Lagoon album has an even more polished sound, even better themes and songwriting, and is even easier to lose yourself in.  Or maybe you’ll just love it with no context for the development of Youth Lagoon as a staple of great music in todays scene.  Either way, try this album out for size… but do it right.

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