In 2016, Trevor Powers shut the door on Youth Lagoon. Stepping back from the alias, Powers found personal transformation at his home in Idaho and released experimental tapes under his own name (2018’s ‘Mulberry Violence’ and 2020’s ‘Capricorn’)
In October 2021, something changed the channel. Following a medical crisis that left him unsure if he’d ever be able to speak, let alone sing again, his focus narrowed. Rather than writing about the world at large, he started writing about home. With whispers of country, the upcoming album ‘Heaven Is a Junkyard’ is mutant Americana in a world of love, drugs and miracles—held together by Powers’ voice and an upright piano.
Throughout the album, he stitches together a lyrical style that feels both punk and western. Recorded in six weeks with co-producer Rodaidh McDonald (The xx,Adele, Gil Scott-Heron), Heaven Is a Junkyard is a work of absolute devotion and a reminder that there is always love in the tall grass.
Youth Lagoon make a live return to the UK and Europe in the autumn of 2023, with a three-week tour encompassing shows at Pitchfork Paris, London, and Berlin.