Youth Lagoon was the alias that US singer-songwriter Trevor Powers shelved in 2016 after the release of the album Savage Hills Ballroom. In the interim years, Powers released two experimental albums under his own name, then struggled with ill health after a reaction to over-the-counter medication left him with damage to his larynx.
This led to a period of introspection and growth for the musician, and a realization that there was a rich seam of material on his doorstep in his Idaho home. Power revived Youth Lagoon and returns with his new album, Heaven Is a Junkyard.
Withwhispers of country, Heaven Is a Junkyard depicts mutant Americana in a world of love, drugs, storytelling, and miracles — held together by Powers’ urgent voice and an upright piano. Throughout the album, he stitches together a lyrical style that feels both punk and western and explores a soundscape that includes lap steel guitar and a CR78 drum machine.
Recorded in six weeks with co-producer Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, Adele, Gil Scott-Heron), Heaven Is a Junkyard is a portrait of the God-haunted American West and a reminder that there is always love in the tall grass.