It hasn't been that long that Trevor Powers has been playing out live with his band Youth Lagoon — or even very long since he started posting his early bedroom recordings and the blogosphere started writing about his music. While that's a typical story these days, Powers's music has struck a chord with people outside his circle of immediate friends and college peers for a reason: Youth Lagoon's insouciant, shimmering melodies and emotional delicacy sound like Powers has spent a lot of time listening to the more accessible end of Daniel Johnston and the kind of music that came out of Fisher Price toys from the '70s. Fortunately, the guy can deliver live with the same powerful vulnerability heard on his recordings.
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