(Download “July” here.)
Writing about this song might be more appropriate with another week’s time, as it will be July, and well, that’s the name of the stunning A-side from a forthcoming single by Boise’s Youth Lagoon. But that relationship is coincidental, while this song–a bittersweet, image-rich builder that uses all of its five minutes to arrive at a perfectly sad and sweet sing-along–isn’t the sort of thing that should wait around for calendars to change.
“July” opens into a sheet of tape hiss, a keyboard gently saturating the tape. Trevor Powers‘ voice enters, first as a murmur, then as a lullaby. Bass drum and glockenspiel arrive, too, starting the slow and steady gestalt that leads to a crescendo, which only leaves you waiting for something bigger, wanting for something louder. That sense of longing, of satisfying oneself with small-town ennui while knowing full well that the world has more to offer is exactly Powers seems to be getting at in “July.” It’s a well-considered instance of text-painting, then–and, what’s more, an absolutely gorgeous and patient opening to a new summer.
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