It's funny just how much we as music fans attach ourselves to artists and their records. I only discovered Youth Lagoon after the release of 2015's stellar Savage Hills Ballroom and yet when I read that Trevor Powers, Youth Lagoon himself, is calling an end on the project I was truly gutted.
The musician from Boise, Idaho has been active since 2010, releasing three LPs in that time, but at only 26 years old it would seem like a very young age to call time on the beloved project. However his statement below further explains his decision.
Before Christmas he shared 'I've Seen', a track that he called "a farewell song to this ballroom" and I doubt anyone saw that as anything more than an end to that LP. Recorded after the album sessions, he ventured back into the studio to close the chapter on not only Savage Hills Ballroom, but seeingly Youth Lagoon as a whole.
He also released a video for stand out track 'Rotten Human' in January. Directed by Patrick Blades, the song is paired with beautiful Icelandic scenery and floating body parts. Don't question it, just press play.
His Twitter thankfully confirms he's not quitting music entirely, so we hope to see a lot more of him moving forward, in whatever guise or form he chooses.
It's not all sad times for me either, as I type this in anticipation of his gig at Village Underground tonight. Having managed to securing a last minute ticket to the sold out show, it's time to go and celebrate.