So here starts my countdown of my favorite 10 records of 2011.
The journey, of course, begins in the bedroom. Not like that, though. It begins with the thoughts of one man - Trevor Powers. It begins with his overwhelmingly personal, hazy bedroom pop. When The Year of Hibernation makes it's first run through your mind, it evokes thoughts of crippling loneliness. But that's not really what it's about, luckily. What this album means to me is that we are all capable of finding something within us to grow and nurture. Each of us has a little something, that if given the attention, can become glorious and lasting. Which, for a 22-year old like Powers, is no easy feat. At this age (fine, I'm 24), the last thing we think about is what's going to last. Because, really, what do we know? But with simple looping electronics, vocals mixed so heavily that they become indiscernible in the most elegant of ways and cathartic, introspective lyrics, Youth Lagoon has made something that will last even if we aren't ready to admit that things in our lives have that ability.
I suppose what really touched me the most about The Year of Hibernation, sort of like what I said in my review, is that I can believe these songs. Music is very often theater, which is fine, I'm not complaining. But despite the constant hyperbole of what I'm spewing, The Year of Hibernation is as relatable and every(teen)man as it gets. It's what we've all kind of always thought, just without the added element of being an accomplished musician. So perhaps, I GUESS, The Year of Hibernation, might be only #10 on this list, but in many ways it is #1. If only because I sort of know me, and sort of know that I will always find something completely and utterly agreeable about the mindset and mental state of Trevor Powers.