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26/09/2015 : YOUTH LAGOON - The Knower

YOUTH LAGOON

The Knower

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PopRock

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PIAS
26/09/2015, William LIÉNARD

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To promote the album Savage Hills Ballroom by Youth Lagoon, PIAS releases the first single The Knower. The album was recorded in Bristol and mixed by Ali Chant, who worked with PJ Harvey and Gravenhurst. Savage Hills Ballroom is the third album of Youth Lagoon, aka the American musician Trevor Powers.

On his two previous albums, Powers experimented with minimalist, ambient, atmospheric and electronic elements, but little of that remains in The Knower, because since the death of a close friend, for which he broke off a US tour in 2013, he has given the objectives of Youth Lagoon a very different focus. In The Knower, the artist evolves in the direction of prevailing rock music and the sound is more commercial than in the past. The single gets layered percussion and minimalist electronics, over which the singer spreads the vocals with a quite high voice. You hear brass instruments, an attractive choir in the background and emphatic drumming, and as a consequence The Knowner grows into a rocker with quite a bit of R & B influences. Don’t be surprised if the song shows up in the UK or US charts!

On September 28, Youth Lagoon will perform in the rotunda of the Botanique in Brussels.


 

William LIÉNARD
26/09/2015


NL

Ter promotie van het album Savage Hills Ballroom van Youth Lagoon, brengt Pias de eerste single The Knower uit. Het album is opgenomen in Bristol en gemixt door Ali Chant, die eerder ook al werk van PJ Harvey en Gravenhurst onderhanden nam. Savage Hills Ballroom is het derde album van Youth Lagoon, waarachter de Amerikaanse muzikant Trevor Powers schuilgaat.

Op z’n beide vorige albums experimenteerde Powers hoofdzakelijk met minimalistische, ambiente, atmosferische en elektronische elementen, maar daarvan blijft in The Knower weinig over, want sinds de dood van een naaste vriend, waardoor hij in 2013 een Amerikaanse tournee afbrak, heeft hij naar eigen zeggen de doelstellingen van Youth Lagoon een heel andere focus gegeven. In The Knower schuift de artiest een flink stuk in de richting van gangbare rockmuziek en klinkt hij commerciëler dan je gezien zijn verleden zou verwachten. De single krijgt gelaagde percussie en minimalistische elektronica waarover de zanger met een vrij hoog stemmetje z’n vocalen uitspreidt. Je hoort koperinstrumenten, een aantrekkelijk koortje op de achtergrond en nadrukkelijk drumwerk waardoor The Knowner uitgroeit tot een mid tempo rocker met nogal wat r&b-invloeden, waarvan je je kan voorstellen dat hij gemakkelijk de Britse, maar vooral de Amerikaanse hitparade kan bereiken.

Op 28 september treedt Youth Lagoon op in de rotonde van de Botanique in Brussel.

William LIÉNARD
26/09/2015


 

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