Savage Hills Ballroom is a significant record for Youth Lagoon main man Trevor Powers, apparently seeing him trying to peel back both personal limits and sonic restraint. The result is a record that is deeply personal whilst also sweeping grandly through an array of electronic soundscapes, pop sensibility always at the fore.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 24 September 2015
Weirdly given the record I've just reviewed, Youth Lagoon sound like a Fever The Ghost who have calmed themselves down a bit. They still play frantic psych with helium high vocals and madcap effects but they concentrate more on alternative radio friendly alt rock. The main question is - how does one's voice become so squeaky?
‘Highway Patrol Stun Gun’ is a pleasant piece of electronic Coldplay melancholy rock but the vocals appear to have been provided by Sooty's sidekick Sweep. Incredibly on ‘The Knower’ they get even squeakier and now mostly resemble a squeaky dog toy being gnawed at by an enthusiastic Spaniel. In the lower range comes a trumpet and it’s somewhat of a relief. The track builds itself around this soft horn as things jut about in each ear. I imagine them playing this live and impressing people. Their production style is half Sparks circa ‘Angst in my Pants’ and half an electronic A-ha. A couple of bland ballads follow but certain tracks like ‘Rotton Human’ build up nicely only to break down again in that time honoured U2 style.
It’s like a really boring Jonsi record but will appeal to fans of soft european electro rock and high pitched trills.
9/10 Mike Customer review, 23rd October 2015
It's summat like a concept album here.
It shows itself very passionate and deep since the first song - Officer Telephone.
Pure sadness, like focusing on small things taht sorround our lives. One of the most sincerely albums made this year. Everything changes from Wondrous Bughouse; since things here are deeper and full of acoustic drums and wisely-used effects.
The package is really simple and the inner glossy gatefold make the record more charming.
You won't repent buying it if you're kind of emotional person!
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